Showing posts with label Cadets. Show all posts
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November 4, 2014

300 Libyan Army Cadets Being Sent Home after 2 Sexually Assaulting Women



Libyan cadets sent home early after Cambridge sex assaults

Bassingbourn Barracks sign
 About 300 Libyan recruits arrived for training at the barracks in June 

Libyan army cadets training in the UK are to be sent home early after two recruits admitted sexually assaulting women in Cambridge
It said it would also review whether further groups of Libyan recruits should be trained in the UK.
The decision came after South Cambridgeshire MP Andrew Lansley wrote to the MoD calling for training to end.
The consequences of allowing soldiers on unescorted trips had been "unacceptable", he said.
About 300 recruits arrived at the base in June as part of a government agreement to train up to 2,000 cadets to ensure Libya's security.
At the time the MoD said the recruits would only be allowed on escorted trips.
However, it has emerged these rules were later relaxed. Last week they were reinstated, the MoD confirmed.
'Repatriate the trainees'
Two Libyan recruits admitted carrying out a series of assaults on women in Cambridge's Market Square area on 26 October and are awaiting sentencing.
Conservative Mr Lansley said he initially supported the UK's commitment to train the recruits.

"It is with regret that I must now say that it has not worked as we had hoped," he said.
"It is clear that the stipulation that there was to be no unauthorised exit from the base has not been adhered to and the consequences have been unacceptable.
"As I have today expressed to MoD, I now see no alternative but to terminate the contract and repatriate the trainees currently on the base. 
"As this stands, no further groups of trainees could be brought here from Libya."
Mr Lansley's office confirmed he had written to Armed Forces Minister Mark Francois on Monday morning.
In a statement, the MoD said: "Training was initially expected to last until the end of November but we have agreed with the Libyan government that it is best for all involved to bring forward the training completion date. The recruits will be returning to Libya in the coming days.
"And as part of our ongoing support for the Libyan government, we will review how best to train Libyan security forces - including whether training further tranches of recruits in the UK is the best way forward."
Bassingbourn BarracksLibyan troops would only be allowed out on escorted trips, the MoD initially told nearby residents

November 21, 2013

Rachel Maddow Unleashes Her Anger at USAF (ex-gay) Cadet-Counselor Head


Out MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow filed an impressively in-depth report on the state of the GOP's current antigay animus on hereponymous show last night
Maddow opened by taking to task the U.S. Air Force, which recently confirmed that the man leading its mandatory cadet counseling program has spent the past two decades of his career advocating the scientifically debunked, harmful process of "ex-gay" or "reparative therapy." Our colleagues at sibling site The Advocate reported on those allegations yesterday, first broken byAmericaBlog's John Aravosis. 
"What were they thinking in hiring this guy?" asks Maddow, incredulous. "Did the Air Force hire him despite this area of expertise, or did they hire him because this is actually what they wanted?"
In uncovering Dr. Mike Rosebush's professional background, Maddow notes that the antigay scientist authored at least two books on how to rid oneself of "unwanted homosexual desires." One of those, a "handbook" for "overcoming" a gay or lesbian sexual orientation, was co-authored by disgraced researcher and former board member of the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, George Rekers. You might recall his name from the infamous "RentBoy" scandal, when the leading proponent of therapy that supposedly turns gay people straight was found returning from a European trip with a young, handsome call boy. Rekers claimed he hired the strapping young lad from RentBoy.com to "carry his luggage," but the young man contended that Rekers instead requested intimate massages. 
Maddow then turns her attention to the "Radically antigay politics [that] are in ascendance in the Republican party." Touching on the very public feud between the Cheney family over marriage equality. 
Next, Maddow reports on yesterday's decision from the Texas National Guard that it will continue to defy direct orders from the Pentagon ordering all Guard units to extend spousal benefits to the partners of legally married gay and lesbian soldiers. 
"In Texas, the political calculation is that it is more important to be antigay than to support the troops."
But ending on a positive note, Maddow sits down with Illinois governor Pat Quinn, who is scheduled to sign marriage equality legislation into law this afternoon. 
Watch the entire segment below. 
BY: SUNNIVIE BRYDUM

November 4, 2013

A First!! Cadets Couple Gets Married Sunday at West Point Chapel



Two former West Point cadets went to the military academy's Cadet Chapel on Sunday to get married, marking the first time a male couple has wed at the school. The happy couple, Larry Choate III, class of 2009, and Daniel Lennox, class of 2007, were married in front of about 20 guests on Saturday. “It's going to be just like every other wedding there," Choate said before the ceremony, "except probably a lot smaller and no bride."

Choate told the AP that he hopes their wedding represents "maybe one more barrier that's pushed over a little bit, or maybe one more glass ceiling that's shattered that makes it easier for the next couple." And they're not alone: the academy hosted two same-sex weddings in 2012, both between female partners. Those ceremonies represent just how much has changed in a few years' time. While both Choate and Lennox were still in school, for one thing, Don't Ask Don't Tell was still military policy. And for that matter, same-sex marriage didn't become legal in New York until 2011. Now, the Pentagon recognizes same-sex marriages and is working to provide benefits to legally wed gay couples (though enforcement of that directive has been bumpy in some conservative states) 
In 2012, Penelope Gnesin and Brenda Sue Fulton became the first same-sex couple to wed in the cadet chapel, presided by an Army chaplain. Fulton, a West Point grad, is from the class of 1980 — the first to allow women. Earlier that year, another female same-sex couple wed elsewhere on the West Point campus. 
Both 20-somethings from this weekend's ceremony are currently working out of the military, and wore tuxes to the ceremony. They met long after their time at school, through a friend. 

ABBY OHLHEISER
Email to the author ataohlheiser@theatlantic.com. You can share ideas for stories on the Open Wire

February 6, 2013

Gay West Point Cadets Take Their Male Dates to a Formal Night in NYC

 Two gay West Point cadets accompanied their boyfriends to the military academy's formal winter dances in upstate New York last weekend. 
A second-year student, who was not identified, posed for playful pictures with his tuxedo-clad date for a formal banquet as part of the Yearling Winter Weekend. Another cadet was also photographed arm and arm with his boyfriend for the dance held for third year students. 
The same-sex dates come 16 months after the Pentagon repealed its ban on openly gay service. 
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 Out: The West Point cadet walked arm and arm with his date to attend a formal dinner as part of Yearling Winter Weekend


The photos of the dates were circulated by Knights Out, a West Point alumni group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered veterans. 
The current student, who is a Yearling - a term for sophomore, is affiliated with Spectrum, a Gay-Straight Alliance of the United States Military Academy.
'This, ladies and gentleman, is progress at an Academy in which we can be proud. A member of the Academy's Spectrum group and his boyfriend at Yearling Winter Weekend last weekend,' a representative from the group wrote about the first photo, released early on Tuesday. 

The Facebook posting garnered nearly 2,000 Likes and scores of comments in support of the military's acceptance of homosexual members. 
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 Two gay West Point cadets accompanied their boyfriends to the military academy's formal 
dance.

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That photo also began gaining scores of Likes in upstate New York last weekend. 

A second-year student, who was not identified, posed for playful pictures with his tuxedo-clad date for a formal banquet as part of the Yearling Winter Weekend. Another cadet was also photographed arm and arm with his boyfriend for the dance held for third year students. 
The same-sex dates come 16 months after the Pentagon repealed its ban on openly gay service. 
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    The photos of the dates were circulated by Knights Out, a West Point alumni \
group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered veterans.  'This, ladies 
and gentleman, is progress at an Academy in which we can be proud. A member
 of the Academy's Spectrum group and his boyfriend at Yearling Winter Weekend
 last weekend,' a representative from the group wrote about the first photo, released
early on tuesday. 





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