Marines who share nude photos without permission can now get booted out of the Marine Corps.
A new MARADMIN released Tuesday modifies the Separation and Retirement Manual in the service to reflect a zero-tolerance policy for sharing nude photos without permission in the wake of the Marines United scandal, which broke in March and has rocked the entire military.
As the new text states, a processing review for separation is mandatory in the event that a Marine violates Article 1168 of Navy regulations, among already existing offenses like giving rewards in exchange for sexual favors.
Article 1168 prohibits the “distribution or broadcasting of an intimate image, without consent, if done for personal gain(semicolon) or with the intent to humiliate, harm, harass, intimidate, threaten, or coerce the depicted person(semicolon) or with reckless disregard as to whether the depicted person would be humiliated, harmed, intimidated, threatened, or coerced.”
The change, however, does not automatically entail that every Marine who shares a nude photo will be kicked out of the force–only that the process of separation should at least be initiated.
What the change entails is that commanders must submit these cases to Marine officials for review.
Justine Elena, organizer of the group Female Marines United, told The Washington Post the new update is a “great step forward for the Marine Corps.”
Acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley approved the new Article 1168 regulation in April.
As part of the developing Marines United scandal, military investigators have referred at least 30 Marines for punishment, but none of their misdeeds have reached the felony level. As an example of the kind of punishment doled out, five Marines have so far received a Page 11 entry or nonjudicial punishment.
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