Posted on Sep 20, 2014
CPT Aaron Kletzing
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Sec. Hagel has ordered the DoD to review its sponsorship of the NFL, due to the league marginalizing (lying about evidence, sweeping under the rug) domestic assault situations in recent months. The details of those scenarios are sickening.

The DoD appears to be serious about attacking domestic assault problems in the force (SHARP, etc). To what extent, if at all, do you find it hypocritical for the military to spend millions of dollars per year sponsoring a prominent organization whose leaders' actions to not show that they take domestic abuse seriously? Should the DoD stop sponsoring an organization mired in such damning domestic abuse controversy?

More here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/chuck-hagel-nfl-domestic-violence-review

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I'm surprised the NFL didn't walk away after seeing the last decade of sexual assault reports inside the military.

The goal with a partnership like this is to attract the kind of recruits that will lead and become valuable members of the military. I think there are a lot of parallels between the NFL and the military when it comes to leading teams and executing plans. Not in the way past players have unfortunately said "playing is like serving", but in the pure aspect of leading a team of 11-22 people into a very complicated operation with the end goal of executing flawlessly.

There is a bad trend happening inside the NFL and the DoD needs to evaluate ALL partnerships. Not just the ones that hit the news. NFL players are national role models for our kids and I'm confident that under the right leadership, the NFL can turn things in the right direction. If we keep sensationalizing and tolerating off the field drama, we all play a big part in the fall of a great organization like the NFL. I hope to see this partnership stay and both sides focusing on the internal integrity violations that have plagued their own ranks over the years. There could could be a lot of shared experiences on both sides that would help everyone 'get it right'.
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ditto some other comments I read....I'm surprised the NFL didnt cancel its partnership with the DoD, every organization has issues, and nobody will ever get it 100% right, its what an organization does in face of adversity that matters.....when we learn respect and tolerance, we will all be better. We clean house just like the NFL does....we have also tried to suppress facts to save face, just like the NFL does....learn and move forward. GO CHARGERS!
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Well said Lt Col (Join to see). And hey, if you keep beating the Seahawks like that, I'm going to start being a Bolts fan.
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I say 'no', not because I do not feel it is important but that all the sides of this discussion should be considered. Not the least of which is the staggering number of Female on Male assaults.

http://www.thehotline.org/

I wrote a blog on this last night and condemning this problem but being fair and objective. Most of us males chafe at the idea that abuse happens to men and would be hesitant to report it for those very thoughts.

I feel we have a fire that is legitimate and the media sources using this information for it's purposes, in other words to boost ratings. I have worked in the media since the 80s.

Abuse is real but I caution people to realize there is hype here and then there is the problem itself and it is a major problem. Everyone wants to wash their hands or simply blame men. That's the easy part, the part that remains murky is our commitment to stop violence whenever we can.

My hope is that these problems can be addressed before they surface and rather than make this is SHARP kind of thing that we honestly use interventions that nip this in the bud during a child's formative years.

In a kid this sort of thing can color perceptions by diminishing hope and cause for a lot of trust issues. Violence is not justified no matter who does it. I ran interference for my own mom as a kid. Much more I do not feel like discussing here.

http://youtu.be/SGbTg4EpCyE

http://www.ncadv.org/takeaction/DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth.php
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Maj Walter Kilar
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The DoD is not perfect, and neither is the NFL. This could be a good opportunity to combine forces, raise awareness, and do something about it.
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Maj Walter Kilar I like how you think!
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