Will Military Commanders be Cut or Banded?

Senator Gillibrand’s military justice reforms appear to be falling short due to procedural reasons. As of the last count, she had 53 public supporters for her changes, with 60 necessary to pass. Gillibrand’s are the most radical of all proposed changes, designed to (apparently proverbially) neuter military commanders.

For now, we are likely looking at incremental change intended to improve the system while holding commanders more accountable. Whether or not anything is improved depends largely on perspective, of course. However, I suspect ongoing debate followed by another push next fall, especially if sexual assault statistics continue to trend negatively. In the end, the question will be whether commanders are cut or banded. Either way, it ain’t going to be comfortable or pretty.


Banding isn’t as humane as some people think. Nor is it pretty.