The Marine Corps is laying down the law– share nude photos without consent, get kicked out.
The new rule came about during the Tuesday update of MARADMIN 223/17, which is the revision of the Separation and Retirement Manual. The new revisions include the sharing of private images without consent under the existing conditions of sexual harassment.
Marines who now share nude photos (without consent, which is most of the time) are subject to automatic and mandatory out processing “following the first substantiated incident of sexual harassment.” That said, neither a board hearing nor separation are mandatory events.
The update also states that Navy personnel (including Marines, of course) will be held in violation if they are broadcasting intimate images “(a) With the intent to realize personal gain; (b) With the intent to humiliate, harm, harass, intimidate, threaten, or coerce the depicted person; or (c) With reckless disregard as to whether the depicted person would be humiliated, harmed, intimidated, threatened, or coerced.”
The rule updates come in the wake of backlash following the Marines United scandal, in which a social media group shared nude photos of female service members and civilians, reaching scandal on a global scale.
Since the scandal, over thirty Marines have been referred to their commanders for online misconduct of the non-felonious variety. Of those thirty, five have had their permanent records marked or have faced nonjudicial punishment. Zero have been court-martialed.
In addition to the thirty, another sixteen suspects may -in the words of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service- be facing felony charges. According to the Marine Corps Times, nine are active-duty Marines; two are Reserve Marines; three are active-duty sailors, one Reserve sailor, and one civilian.
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