The Game: Unraveling A Sex Scandal In The Military

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Robert D Shadley is a retired major general of the US Army. Nearly twenty years ago, he served as a ranking agent in Aberdeen proving ground (an army training facility in Maryland-Harford County). His book The GAMe: Unraveling a Sex Scandal in The Military is a clear demonstration of Shadley’s facility for morality and justice as well as the love of justice. In this 360-pages-long work published by Beaver 's Pond Press, Shadley exposes mischievous acts of sexual assault that pervaded the military, particularly at his station. These ignominious events followed hot on the heels of another sexual assault incidence in the navy, which was known as the Tailhook scandal. The author chronicles events that he witnessed firsthand, thus shedding light …show more content…
The drills ignored their responsibility to indoctrinate new recruits with appropriate conduct and rather chose to get into a contest.The contest was named GAM (Game à la Military) and the analogy of other games like soccer matches customizes the title of the book. However, the rules, intentions and outcomes of this ‘GAMe’are rather unsettling. The drill sergeants resolved to determine who is the winner amongst themselves by having sexual intercourse with the greatest number of female cadets and keeping the record. As the ranking general, Shadley investigated the malpractice and reports that his probe into the issue elicited much opprobrium from the ill-inclined and their allies. He relates the months he spent uncovering the GAMe as the most challenging time of his career. Shadley is discontented with the manner in which politics meddled in this volatile issue. Notwithstanding, he acknowledges the attention he received from high-ranking officers, the media, US Congress and women’s …show more content…
Amongst themselves, they surreptitiously showcased their prowess at picking the young cadets to lie with them. At the least, this was a shameful act in the military where seniors are expected to lead by example; but worst of all, it is an act of abuse of power which is punishable by legal action yet impunity had reigned to this unfathomable extent. Furthermore, the acts threaten to dehumanize generations of military personnel. The author is concerned about the image of the military, but also more similarly about its functions. He argues that the fact that the conduct of a small group of officers can spread so viciously underlies the truth that confidence in the authorities could easily be lost. Armed forces with depraved morals would serve no useful purpose than carry on depraving and defiling even the population that they are meant to

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