The rates of marriage in the military today rival civilian numbers from the 1950’s. That’s what UMass Amherst sociology professor Jennifer Lundquist discovered. She says benefits like health care, free education and housing create a culture conducive to marrying young.
Last week the Senate blocked a bill that would have stripped senior military commanders of their authority to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses in the ranks. Another bill dealing with some of the same issues is slated to come up for a vote Monday and Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey says he’ll support it.
The ongoing government shutdown doesn’t affect active-duty military, but it’s slowing down operations at two western Massachusetts air bases.
Sexual misconduct in the military has been discussed more openly of late.
Last week we reported on tax benefits for Massachusetts national guard members serving overseas.