There are far too many news reports of military members committing crimes and failing personally or professionally. Leaders need to appropriately address these situations. Unfortunately, some responses have been misguided and will prove ineffective. Two recent examples are noteworthy.
After a rash of liberty incidents and the alleged rape of an Okinawan woman by two sailors, the Commander U.S. 7th Fleet imposed harsh liberty restrictions and held a behavior leadership summit. Those restrictions have since been called “draconian” and likely to “cause more problems than they solve” by retired Commander Darlene M. Iskra (“Getting it Wrong in 7th Fleet,” http://nation.time.com, 07Dec12), and she’s right.
The summit found “the overwhelming vast majority of Sailors conduct themselves in accordance with those [Navy Core Values] and the misconduct of a few Sailors must not define the overwhelming majority of Sailors that live by those standards.” (7th Fleet Public Affairs, 02Dec12, www.cpf.navy.mil). That is an unsurprising and valid finding, so why are the liberty restrictions still in place?