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USFJ Implements Mandatory Battle Buddy Policy

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Like I predicted since the curfew idea didn’t work, USFJ would likely pull the mandatory battle buddy policy out of the USFK bag of leadership tricks that will not stop incidents, but makes it appear leadership is doing something:

The U.S. military instituted a “buddy program” Friday for all servicemembers in Japan going to off-base bars and other places that serve liquor.

Lt. Gen. Sam Angelella, commander of U.S. Forces Japan, directed each of the services to begin implementing the program, which would require servicemembers to pair up to go out. A detailed policy is expected to be issued next week.

The policy is the latest initiative aimed at ending a series of criminal acts by servicemembers. Last month, two U.S. sailors were charged with gang-raping a woman on Okinawa.

Angelella then instituted an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew for all U.S. servicemembers in Japan. But a number of servicemembers have still been arrested for alcohol-fueled misconduct.

Each base and post is producing its own interim policy, according to USFJ spokesman Lt. Col. David Honchul. USFJ expects to “finalize a more measured, consistent approach” to the buddy program sometime next week, Honchul said in an email.

As such, details such as who must be accompanied by a buddy and what hours the policy will be in effect will vary for the time being, he said.  [Stars & Stripes]

No word yet if mandatory battle buddy cards will be needed as well. What is absolutely ridiculous about this policy is that servicemembers would need to bring a battle buddy with them to go out on a date or hang out with local nationals because they are not considered battle buddies.  So basically this is a policy that will do nothing to create zero incidents as USFJ’s stated goal is and attempts to keep servicemembers segregated from local nationals.

According to the article in Yokota they have an exception to the policy that an O5 commander can authorize you to have a local national as a battle buddy.  So now a servicemember will have to have a battalion or squadron level commander to approve of who their friends and significant others are in country. Unless this policy changes the way it is currently written a servicemember could get UCMJ action taken against them for having dinner with a local national that was not approved by their battalion commander.  Absolutely ridiculous.

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  • Leon LaPorte
    2:25 am on December 1st, 2012 1

    …exception to the policy that an O5 commander can authorize you to have a local national as a battle buddy.

    Nice of them to throw that out there. Looks good on paper. It will not happen (perhaps there will be 1 or 2 cases but that’s pushing it). Complete bullshit.

  • JoeC
    3:23 am on December 1st, 2012 2

    Very often, when young guys hang out together they will convince each other to do stupid things they wouldn’t do on their own, as with the Jackass movies.

    Remember, this whole round started because two guys, “Buddies”, convinced each other that it would be a good idea to kidnap and rape a woman.

    USFJ, like USFK, is grasping at straws.

  • Hot Stuff
    3:42 am on December 1st, 2012 3

    In the same vein as JoeC above, as the saying goes, birds of a feather flock together. Those most likely to cause problems will likely pair up with like-minded individuals.

  • Leon LaPorte
    4:26 am on December 1st, 2012 4

    3. Two for 1 UCMJ action, baby. USFK has been doing it for years.

    Buddy gets in a fight? You get burned.
    Attempt to stop buddy from getting in a fight? You get burned.
    Defend buddy who is being beaten? You get burned.
    Insert here? You get burned.

  • Setnaffa
    8:18 am on December 1st, 2012 5

    if your battle buddy is a jerk, others know it and you arrange a counseling session on base… If you never figured that out, well, you deserve getting burned…. :mrgreen:

  • Bobby Ray
    9:15 am on December 1st, 2012 6

    This here article said two U.S. sailors were charged with gang-raping a woman on Okinawa. I would think you would need at least 3 for a real gang. It seems that there is more of a tag team than a gang rape. This is noting but pure sensationalism in the media.

  • Setnaffa
    4:51 pm on December 1st, 2012 7

    I don’t understand all of the rape in Okinawa… You’d think all they have to do all day is sit around watching Japanes AV or something…

  • Leon LaPorte
    7:15 pm on December 1st, 2012 8

    And the hits keep coming! So it appears the command is going to escalate the punishment, er I mean “prevention tactics” with each new incident. Not too many more incidents and we’ll be up to summary executions! :lol:

    Leadership failure and self destruction. You are NEVER going to have a zero mistake military which is the leaderships stated goal. How bad will it get? God forbid a civilian or spouse screws up at this point. The general seems hell bent on riding this thing right into the ground.

    http://www.stripes.com/news/off-base-drinking-ban-imposed-for-okinawa-servicemembers-1.198968

    CAMP LESTER, Okinawa — Servicemembers on Okinawa have been banned from drinking alcohol anywhere off base and will be subject to breathalyzer tests at entrance gates following yet another booze-related incident, the III Marine Expeditionary Force announced Saturday.

    Military drivers with a blood alcohol content over 0.03 percent will not be allowed to leave base, and passengers and pedestrians also may be tested for intoxication and sent home if over the limit, the service said in a Facebook post. The drinking limit is in line with Japanese law, which is stricter than what drivers are used to in the United States.

  • Bob
    9:35 pm on December 1st, 2012 9

    Yup we all know two morons is better then just one…Seriously I hate overreactions…Two guys rapped woman although that’s a terrible crime you should not punish an entire nation for it.

  • Leon LaPorte
    9:41 pm on December 1st, 2012 10

    Taking a page out of the USFJ leadership handbook, I wonder if the commanders have locked down Camp Lejune and confiscated all the dogs after their canine conundrum.

  • CurfewViolator
    12:00 am on December 2nd, 2012 11

    @10

    That’s an easy fix. What we need in Curfew in CONUS. Obviously Soldiers can’t behave in the States.

  • Flyingsword
    4:59 pm on December 2nd, 2012 12

    The military reaction to any incident is always….Over Reaction!

  • Mike Morgan
    9:35 pm on December 2nd, 2012 13

    It occurs to me to ask, in view of the following statement, what exactly these service members think they are in Japan to do?

    “According to the article in Yokota they have an exception to the policy that an O5 commander can authorize you to have a local national as a battle buddy. So now a servicemember will have to have a battalion or squadron level commander to approve of who their friends and significant others are in country. Unless this policy changes the way it is currently written a servicemember could get UCMJ action taken against them for having dinner with a local national that was not approved by their battalion commander. Absolutely ridiculous.”

    Are they members of the military? Or are they just on vacation? Did their oaths mean so little to them?

    Frankly, I’d welcome the leadership pulling all of the restrictions and just hanging the service members who commit serious crimes (like robbery, rape, or murder) and court-martial those who do the “conduct unbecoming” stuff down to E-1 and giving them a BCD after they get out of a military prison.

  • Jimbob
    7:32 am on December 3rd, 2012 14

    Further proof that today’s military leadership is a bunch of incompetent idiots who are compelled only by the guiding hand of political correctness and diplomatic butt-kissing, rather than doing the right thing and handing out punishment when and where it is due. It’s far, far easier to just punish everybody than those responsible.

    Signed,
    A Naval Officer.

  • rus858582
    12:22 pm on December 3rd, 2012 15

    well said JIMBOB

  • Mike Morgan
    3:29 pm on December 3rd, 2012 16

    “Misbehavior in the face of the enemy” as it were; because you KNOW our enemies use these incidents as anti-American propaganda… They are getting other Americans (and our allies) killed…

    They aren’t worth a bullet, nor a new rope…

  • chefantwon
    6:47 pm on December 3rd, 2012 17

    “Off with their heads”, “off with their testicles”, “off with their hands”. That ought to do it…..

  • johnhenry
    10:31 pm on December 3rd, 2012 18

    And once again USFJ leadership pisses away any attempt to, well, LEAD! Right off the bat, the first incident that started the current flurry of inane responses involved EXACTLY ZERO people from USFJ. Got that? Nobody from USFJ was involved in the rape. Those two particular scum of the Earth happen to be stationed back in the US. Next up is the commissioned officer getting drunk and arrested off-base. Good leadership, there, officer. Oh, the local Japanese leadershp isn’t much better, mind you. They’re pandering to the public reaction and false statements about the SOFA. In politics, truth is the first casualty of course.

    Here’s what a real military leader would have done. Simply inform all persons subject to his command that they are not exempt from local law. Mandate that training to be for all military personnel in theater (military term for geographic area). Before a port-of-call by any ship homeported out of theater, direct training to that effect onboard the ship prior to liberty (aka shore leave), said training to be documented. That’s for the military leader. For the Japanese civilian leader: STOP LYING! Inform the populace of the facts of the matter, including the facts related to SOFA.

  • SmokingFreedomGuy
    11:29 pm on December 3rd, 2012 19

    I’m sure glad I don’t work or live anywhere Mike Morgan makes any decisions that matter. You’re a relic; to be viewed with wonderous amazement at just how broken some people’s minds are.

  • CurfewViolator
    12:15 am on December 4th, 2012 20

    What amazes me is that there is so much more “common sense” on a blog comments section then in a council of generals. These relics from the past really need to just retire. Not so sure the next generation of senior leaders will be any better though. What really hacks me off though, especially in USFK is the outright LIES! that you hear in the media here. Commands have entire PR sections on their MTOE’s or JMD’s. Not a peep. Just the usual “Good Neighbor” crap or “GEN Douchebag visits the DMZ garbage”. Screw that. Go on the offensive. Show the lies that these articles portray, show that some of these politico’s are lying scum, show that we punish the few violators that we have etc.

  • Mike Morgan
    6:39 am on December 4th, 2012 21

    @20, the generals are all worried now that their adulterous relations with subordinates are coming out. They don’t have the moral high ground any more and cannot directly punish folks when they are doing worse…

  • Mike Morgan
    6:46 am on December 4th, 2012 22

    @17, 19, yeah, I suppose I should just recommend the General and the perp be invited to the White House for a beer, eh?

    Because, after all, being in the military is no different to you young drag queens than working at Burger King. And how dare i believe the folks wearing our nation’s uniform in a foreign country be any different than other Americans their age living in their mom’s basement? I mean, they just took the job to get a greencard or pay for college…

 

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