Command Influence Begins at the TOP

There is a reason why other nation’s military Commanding Officers are no longer the convening authority or approval authority for Courts Martial.  Based on what I read here the unlawful Command Influence came from the very top of the department of defense political chain of command and the military chain of command.  The conviction should be tossed and the sailor record cleared.  By the way, the Admiral who succumbed to Command Influence should be recalled and reduced in rank to Ensign as he clearly lacks any moral courage to do the right thing.

About keydet1976

Retired as a Colonel in the United States Army after 33 years of service. Graduate of the VMI, MA in History at JMU, completed course work for Ph.D in History University of Tennessee.
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3 Responses to Command Influence Begins at the TOP

  1. slater says:

    I’m confused, a jury of his peers found him guilty? Because I’m not seeing where he states that the Jury was pressured to find him guilty.

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    • DaveO says:

      Senior Chief Petty Officer Barry was required to be found guilty regardless of the jury’s decision. The Convening Authority can overrule the jury’s decision when expedient. As for the Command Climate, both the SEAL and the admiral were expendable as then-SecNav Mabus and then-SecDef Carter would have convicted them both. I do wonder if the admiral was trained to forego justice, being an aviator during the Tailhook Scandal?

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