Interesting AF stats on military justice

With the ongoing politics surrounding sexual assault in the military, and whether the commander should remain as the disciplinary decision maker, the AF has done an interesting review of (convictions).

After a spate of sex-related incidents last year, the Air Force reviewed all courts-martial from the previous three years — more than 2,400 cases — and found 25 instances in which a commander disagreed with a judge advocate general’s recommendation, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said.

I am assuming they mean that the CA granted either clemency or dismissal of one or more findings post-trial.  The article goes on to say:

“So in 12 of those 2,411 cases, which is a pretty small percentage — about 0.5 percent, actually — we did not have agreement between the commander and the JAG on the best way forward,” Welsh said during a breakfast Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “One of those was a sexual-related case.”

The article does not identify the Franklin/Wilkerson fiasco, nor does it address the Helms fiasco.

A spokesman for Sen. Gillibrand’s office didn’t immediately reply to an e-mail from requesting comment.

Perhaps because those numbers don’t fit the meme?


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