Military Mixed Sex Policy Should Be Put to the Sword
FIONA Stewart has become the first woman ever to receive the sword of honour as top cadet at Sandhurst in a ceremony seen as a landmark in the way our military services are now being opened up to women.
While 23-year-old Lieutenant Stewart as taking possession of her hand-crafted Wilkinson another ceremonial sword was at the centrepiece of another army ritual.
This was the court martial of Lt Colonel Keith Pople who stands accused of scandalous conduct among other things after his affair with senior Wren Lieutenant Commander Karen Pearce ended in a tawdry tangle of recrimination, jealousy and complaint.
The proceedings, which have gone on about as long as the Hundred Years War, have paraded before us the issues which now concern our unisex services. These have included detailed description of the use by the Lt Commander of that time honoured military de vice, the vibrator, and analysis of the way in which …
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Publication information: Article title: Military Mixed Sex Policy Should Be Put to the Sword. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England). Publication date: April 12, 1998. Page number: 21. © 2009 Birmingham Post & Mail Ltd. COPYRIGHT 1998 Gale Group.
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