Originally Posted by di inferi
Its a slap on the wrist. Period.
Could it possibly hurt them when it comes time for staff grade NCO.... possibly. Depends on how bad they need staff NCO's at the time. Plenty of people have bounced back from a single NJP; there have been points in time where if you DIDN'T have one then there was something wrong.And I don't know what you guys are on about this friendly rivalry.
There is no branch besides the Marines; everyone else is just a ride or relief.
Preface: i'm writing this with the understanding that all involved was reduced in rank. I'm not sure if that is the case. Anyway, the lowest rank person involved with the operation was an E-6. Most of them were officers and higher enlisted, chiefs and above.
I'm sorry but if you lose rank at that stage of your career, you are done. I don't know when you were in, but you have to make a rank within a certain time frame (example - making E-6 within 10 years) and if you don't make rank in the proper time frame you are kicked out. If you are reduced in rank 15 years in, that ENDS your career.
We aren't talking about 18 year old E-3s. We're talking about E6, E7, E8 with 10-15 years in. If you lose rank or get a non judicial punishment, it could easily end your career. Furthermore, sharing classified information can easily be a court martial offense - obviously at that stage, punishment becomes much, much more serious. This isn't like underage drinking as an E-3 where you're dropped a rank and you recover a couple of years after. At their stage, yes, punishment like this can be game ending.
Besides which, they should know better. All MOSs that have top secret clearance KNOW that they shouldn't share that type of information, obviously they were drawn by the money and thought they wouldn't get caught. Sucks for them but, they should know better.Edited by xoleras - 11/11/12 at 12:03pm