If life was fair, perhaps the only legacy of Air Force Lieutenant Kelly Flinn's saga last year would be her appallingly bad book. Unfortunately, the entire episode has come back to haunt the military with the recent recommendations of a DoD panel on "reshaping" the services' legal treatment of adultery and other commonly accepted societal trespasses
Undoubtedly, the debate will feature a rehash of arguments about adultery as a crime or the Uniformed Code of Military Justice as an instrument of law. Those arguments miss the forest for the tree. The adultery debate is merely symptomatic of the continuing discussion over the so-called gap between American society and its military, whether it should be closed, and how to do it. For my money, the "gap" has been misidentified and highly oversold. In addition, the inexorable drive by many elites to close this gap completely is reactionary and unfounded.
If you believe, as I do, that the gap must be kept but managed, how does one go about it? In the event that a widening or narrowing of the gap is needed, somebody has to move their culture—and that somebody most likely is going to be the military.