Sex in Afghanistan

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

The com­man­der of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Army Maj. Gen. Jef­frey Schloesser, re­cently loos­ened re­stric­tions on sex be­tween un­marr ied men and women in com­bat zones but is con­tin­u­ing to dis­cour­age in­ti­mate frat­er­niza­tion.

Ac­tiv­i­ties strictly banned in the past are now “strongly dis­cour­aged,” ac­cord­ing to a mem­o­ran­dum from Gen. Schloesser, head of Com­bined Joint Task Force-101.

The memo from the two-star gen­eral con­tained Gen­eral Or­der 1 is­sued April 19 that mod­i­fied ear­lier rules lim­it­ing con­tact be­tween sin­gle troops, as well as civil­ians work­ing for the U.S. mil­i­tar y. Pre­vi­ously, men and women were not per­mit­ted to be alone be­hind closed doors, un­less mar­ried.

The new or­der states that two peo­ple of the op­po­site sex can now be to­gether by mu­tual con­sent of those in an area, and if the door of the quar­ters is left open.

“Sex­ual re­la­tions in a de­ployed en­vi­ron­ment can have an ad­verse im­pact on unit co­he­sion, morale, good or­der and dis­ci­pline,” the memo stated. “Ac­cord­ingly, sex­ual re­la­tions and in­ti­mate be­hav­ior, not oth­er­wise pro­hib­ited by the [Uni­formed Code of Mil­i­tary Jus­tice] be­tween in­di­vid­u­als not marr ied to each o t h e r, are highly dis­cour­aged.” L ower rank­ing com­man­ders who seek more re­stric­tive rules must first seek ap­proval from Gen. Schloesser, it stated.

Lt. Col. Rumi Niel­son-Green, spokes­woman for the task force, dis­puted a re­port in the mil­i­tary news­pa­per Stars and Stripes, which first re­ported the new or­der, that it will be eas­ier for sin­gle troops and civil­ians to have sex.

“As the or­der ex­ists now, I per­son­ally can­not imag­ine a sce­nario in which un­mar­ried in­di­vid­u­als can have in­ti­mate sex­ual re­la­tions,” she said. “I per­son­ally do not be­lieve that a gen­eral or­der stops such re­la­tions any­more than the ex­ist­ing reg­u­la­tions and UCMJ do.”

Ac­cord­ing to Col. Niel­sonGreen, the change “sim­ply al­lows com­man­ders at lev­els be­low the com­mand­ing gen­eral to rem­edy cases of sex­ual mis­con­duct” and brings task force troops un­der rules in use in Iraq and other Cen­tral Com­mand de­ploy­ment ar­eas.

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