ROK Drop

Avatar of GI KoreaBy on March 16th, 2013 at 9:14 am

Two US Soldiers Receive UCMJ For Their Part In Uijongbu Subway Incident

Remember the six US soldiers accused of sexual harassment on the subway?  Well two of them have been hit with UCMJ while the ROK authorities decide what to do with this case:

While local authorities continue to investigate a subway incident in which a half-dozen U.S. soldiers were accused of harassing a Korean woman, the American military has started handing out its own punishment.

The commander of the 2nd Infantry Division’s Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion imposed “non-judicial punishment” under Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice on two of the soldiers for underage drinking prior to the confrontation.

That resulted in a reduction in rank for one soldier, and 45 days of extra duty and 45 days of restriction for both, according to a 2ID spokesman.

The battalion commander is waiting for a final disposition of the case by Korean authorities before deciding what, if any, additional action will be taken against those two soldiers and the others implicated in the incident.

“The 2nd Infantry Division takes soldier misconduct very seriously and will take appropriate action based on the results of the investigation,” 2ID spokesman Lt. Col. Joe Scrocca said.  [Stars & Stripes]

From my time in Korea, underage drinking was an automatic Field Grade Article 15 which is pretty severe punishment.  As far as what the ROK authorities do with this case has yet to be seen.  The fact it is taking so long to indict someone shows that the evidence is not very strong.  The soldiers will be convicted of something because this incident is to high profile not to.  However, the prosecutors may be letting this case disappear from the headlines before charging them with a lesser crime that their evidence supports.  I guess we will see what happens.

Tags: , , , , , ,
- 1,829 views
10
  • Tom
    7:27 am on March 16th, 2013 1

    “The fact it is taking so long to indict someone shows that the evidence is not very strong.”

    Sorry, but that’s not necessarily true. But your bias is typically showing. The delays are usually caused by USFK who should be providing opportunity for the Korean police to interview these men. Instead, it’s usual practice for USFK to delay and restrict access by Korean police. Same tactics were used by the USFK to delay the Korean police investigation of US MP’s at Osan who were caught on tape, beating on a South Korean citizen last year. They snuck out of the country while waiting for this case to be forgotten by the public.

  • Smokes
    7:42 am on March 16th, 2013 2

    How to Spot a Troll 101

    Speculation presented as fact:
    “delays are usually caused by USFK”

    Implication not backed by any proof:
    “should be providing opportunity for the Korean police to interview”

    Factual claims made by someone with no firsthand experience in the process:
    “Instead, it’s usual practice for USFK to delay and restrict access ”
    “Same tactics were used by the USFK to delay the Korean police investigation”

    Weasel word use:
    “beating”, “snuck”.

  • Obama's Speech Coach
    8:17 am on March 16th, 2013 3

    #2, that was brilliant!!

  • Blah
    8:17 am on March 16th, 2013 4

    TOM=Trolling on Misinformation

  • 2ID Doc
    9:41 am on March 16th, 2013 5

    Underage drinking? When did this happen? Yeah, yeah I’m old, get off my lawn, yadda yadda…is this underage drinking on post or off post? I was under the impression there was no drinking age in the ROK.

  • JoeC
    1:47 pm on March 16th, 2013 6

    #5

    USFK imposed a minimum drinking age limit at 21 years old over 8 years ago.

  • Travis B
    5:34 pm on March 16th, 2013 7

    Underage drinking is probably all they did wrong.

  • Fanwarrior
    6:12 pm on March 16th, 2013 8

    #2 That’s a pretty good guide, let’s try it out:

    “Speculation presented as fact:”
    “The fact it is taking so long to indict someone shows that the evidence is not very strong. ”

    “Implication not backed by any proof:”
    I see none given to support that statement..nothing but speculation.

    “Factual claims made by someone with no firsthand experience in the process:”
    You got me there, sort of. I’m not sure that GI Korea has any legitimate first hand experience. I don’t know if he’s ever been arrested by the Korean police before and had to wait through one of theses processes or just followed them through the news/word of mouth when he was still in the service.

    “Weasel word use:”
    “I guess we will see what happens.”

    Hey, that works pretty well. I’m gonna save that one.

  • Steven
    7:56 pm on March 16th, 2013 9

    So, in reality nothing happened, since, in Korea, drinking in public is encouraged and celebrated. Wow, way to make a mountain out of a molehill, Korean media.

  • Flyingsword
    9:49 pm on March 17th, 2013 10

    Of course this hasn’t been on the Korean news…

    http://www.mcipac.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/1144/Article/139602/marines-save-life-in-pohang.aspx

 

RSS feed for comments on this post | TrackBack URI

By submitting a comment here you grant this site a perpetual license to reproduce your words and name/web site in attribution.

Bad Behavior has blocked 31606 access attempts in the last 7 days.