Saturday, July 31, 2021

Herding 54 ducks

While attention has been riveted on reforms to the military justice system for the U.S. armed forces, what about the state, territorial, and D.C. militias that form the National Guard? Katelyn Ferral of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports here on aspects of pending federal legislative proposals that would address sexual assault in particular in the Guard. USA Today's Tom Vanden Brook also contributed to the reporting.

The Guard is composed of 54 militias in each state and territory that largely police themselves and answer to governors rather than the federal government.

“I'm deeply concerned about the National Guard because they're primarily under state control," [Sen. Kirsten E.] Gillibrand said in an interview Tuesday with USA TODAY. "There's a lot of complex issues with regard to who can set policy.”

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