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Brig. Gen. Sinclair's light sentence is likely to be a disaster for the military

The lack of any prison time for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair in the sexual assault case is a severe setback for the military's efforts to retain control of the military justice system.

Even enlisted soldiers are likely to be angered by the light treatment the general got.

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Rigor in PME: What I am talking about

In the course of an e-conversation with some friends the other day, I rounded up my thoughts on how to improve PME. It is a good nutshell summary, so I'll share it here:

They used to have class rankings at Leavenworth, publicly released, and it mattered who was no. 1. When Ike was first in his class, people paid attention. Now it doesn't matter, because CGSC has lost its "currency." If it mattered, people would pay attention. But you'll only get this with genuinely rigorous education:

  • that teaches clear thinking,
  • that requires clear writing, and lots of it,
  • that has class rankings,
  • that probably gives preferential treatment to the top 10 percent and tells the bottom 10 percent that they are on thin ice,
  • that ejects students for plagiarism, and makes it public,
  • that perhaps fails the bottom 5 percent of the class, giving them no credit for the year of any sort.