reply to post by jrflipjr
Yes, I see your point about the "me" generation and letting them carry a weapon on a military installation. That is why the Colonel and I discussed
letting NCOs and Officers carry a handgun. IN MY EXPERIENCE, (20+ years Air Force... so I speak not for the other branches) by the time an Airman
achieves NCO status (Staff Sergeant for USAF) we generally know
that Airman. If a young Airman is going to have difficulties adjusting to
military life, we would typically see that Airman either do “4 and out”; or he/she would typically be discharged before that 4 year mark.
The way that he and I thought that it could be implemented was straightforward and no-nonsense. Every NCO and Officer would be permitted to carry
1. Every NCO and Officer would be mandated to take a course in firearms safety, marksmanship, and the legal and moral
justification for the use
of deadly force (this course would be tailored at each base to reflect state and local laws that may apply.)
2. Any NCO/Officer that wishes to carry his/her weapon on base would be required to carry a card stating that the training requirements had been met,
and that the NCO/Officer is in good standing.
3. Revocation/suspension of the permit to carry would follow the same rules (for the most part) that we use for revocation/suspension of security
clearances. This insures that the Commander, First Sergeant, Security Officer and base Security Forces are all “in the loop” as to an
individual's status. (We typically suspend/revoke clearances for the same reasons you might want to suspend/revoke a carry permit- criminal activity,
positive urinalysis tests, etc. We would have added a caveat in which a health care professional could call a Commander/First Sergeant to advise of
mental health issues, prescriptions with possible negative side effects etc.)
4. Suspension/revocation/reinstatement of carry privileges would further be decided by a board at the Squadron level that would include the Commander,
First Sergeant, Security Officer, Squadron Chief and the Airman's direct senior supervisor (usually a Master Sergeant).
It isn't rocket science, it's easily doable. Until then, as the OP stated, it's like shooting fish in a barrel. Our servicemen and women are
defenseless in the one place where they should feel safest. It is a travesty. This needs to be fixed.