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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
CNO - Admiral Greenert Admits, "We have a Problem"
One of my followers forwarded me a recent Navy Times article,
posted online Monday April 2, 2012.
The article discusses the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Greenert’s
training initiative on combating sexual assault in the Navy.
CNO: ‘Sexual assault is an attack on a sailor’ - Across
the force, Navy personnel will attend educational stand-downs in April
that highlight ways sailors can respond to — and prevent — sexual assaults.
The two hours worth of training is part of the Navy’s latest
initiative to get sailors to report more offenses and to reduce the
stubbornly-high number of assaults. It emphasizes that watching out for each
other is everyone’s responsibility.
the severity of the problem, Navy officials are not mincing words.
we’ve got to face the facts — sexual assault is an attack on a sailor,” Chief
of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert wrote in post entitled “We have a
problem…” on his official blog Sunday. “On average, these attacks take place
along with the other services, is under increasing pressure from lawmakers and
sexual assault victim advocates to tamp down on incidents in the ranks.
year, the Pentagon’s annual report on sexual assault reported 611 incidents
Navy-wide in fiscal year 2010. Officials are still going through the statistics
for fiscal 2011. But this year’s statistics would likely be “close or maybe
even a little bit less” than the previous year’s, Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk,
the chief of naval personnel, told reporters Monday.
previous reports, those most at risk are young enlisted women.
at-risk population are our youngest female sailors,” Rear Adm. Martha Herb, the
director of personnel readiness and community support at Navy Personnel
Command, said in the same teleconference. “They tend to be 20 to 24, they’re
E-1s to E-4s. The CNO underlines that we have a problem because if you have one
sexual assault, it’s a problem.”
say they’ve revamped the training to make it more effective. The two hours
worth of standdowns can be done at once, but officials prefer it to be split
into 30-minute weekly sessions. Each of these has a separate focus such as
session one, “Hurts One,” or session three, “Prevention is Everyone’s Duty.” One of
the new elements is bystander training. It focuses on the duty of bystanders to
act early to prevent an assault.
bystanders take the initiative to help someone who may be targeted for a sexual
assault,” according to the training materials, which are posted online. That means a shipmate whose judgment may
be clouded by alcohol from becoming a victim — or a perpetrator.
standdowns are only the first salvo of the new awareness training. Fleet
training for E-6 and below is slated for this fall. And officers and chiefs
will go through more in-depth training, which focuses on handling complaints
and addressing command climate issues.
hope to achieve is a baseline of the entire force,” Van Buskirk said.
Food for thought:
CNO finally admits on his blog, "We have a
problem." My advice to Admiral Greenert is, it's going to take
more than a training "stand-down" to fix the
problem of mishandling, opps, I should be more politically correct,handling of sailors complaintsof:
sexual assault, reprisal, rape, discrimination, bullying, military corruption,
etc.. etc.. etc..
Admiral Greenert, to hold training after the fact, only proves that you and other senior military officials are a day late and a dollar short. The majority of military rape and sexual assault cases occurred several years ago when senior military officials ignored the victims complaints.
Meanwhile, the rapist was never prosecuted and is most likely still serving in the military, hence the need to conduct sexual assault and rape prevention training.
Had the victim's complaints been taken seriously, the first time, there will be no need to waste additional tax dollars by holding "damage control" training.
by the way, YOU, "Admiral Greenert", mishandled my IG complaints of
reprisal, fraud and civil rights violations; you are the
LAST PERSON, who should be in-charge of managing the Navy’s Fleet to offer military training strategies on prevention of military workplace abuse.
Greenert, you should retire or resign
your commission and let a more competent person deal
with this epidemic which has sadly plagued our military.
it's going to take an
outside federal agency to clean up years of failed reporting and investigating
processes within the Navy, much less the entire Dept. of Defense.