So, Shannon didn’t win the Hometown Hotties 2011 contest from Maxim magazine, but she did arouse a lot of commentary, professional cynosure and a few sexist cheap shots about her being in the contest at all.
Shannon is an active duty Marine NCO, and although she didn’t appear in uniform apparently a lot of people (to be fair, most of them we’ve heard from are military personnel of the male persuasion) believe she was out of line and should be NJPed. We’re not convinced. Conduct unbecoming an NCO? Hardly. Sgt. Matt Simmons (and frankly we have a very hard time using the rank) got away with a lot worse. Frankly, we think any fuss about her is pretty contrived. Pretty girl competes for Maxim, and not in uniform. Give it a rest why don’t ya?
Simmons was a lot worse, and we’re not talking about the unlikely proportion of sweaty males: any females in his pictures and video.
Now, as we said, we don’t personally think Shannon’s actions violate Joint Ethics Regulation DoD 5500.7R at all. We just really don’t see what the fuss is about, but we can see how some folks would disagree. She does say she’s an “active duty Marine sergeant” in her video, though in the written bio it says she’s a corporal. Either way, we honestly don’t have an issue with it. She’s not pimping Maxim (insofar as she isn’t saying, Hey, you should buy this magazine.) We’re not JAG officers either, though that isn’t saying much given many of the JAG officers we’ve met in the past (nothing against all of you, for the record we have some hero worship for Col. Bolgiano). Compare it to what other NCOs have done, though.
Anyway, she didn’t appear nude, nor that we can see ever appear in even a portion of her uniform. Either of those might have made a difference, as it did to Sgt. Manhart. Remember her? She was the K9 handler Security Police troop turned female TI that did a spread in Playboy, and was demoted then discharged as a result. She was reprimanded per Article 92 and Article 134, which honestly makes us wonder about the difference between then and now. Seriously wonder. We’re not talking about the repeal of DADT, but the basic standards any military member should be held to.
The court in Simmons’ case said: “We are also not satisfied, on the basis of this record, that the appellant’s statements or wear of uniform items may create an inference of service endorsement of
the activities depicted. The appellant never wore a complete ‘uniform,’ so the general public could never receive ‘visual evidence of the authority and responsibility vested in the individual by the United States Government.’ He did not voice any Marine support for what he was doing or any service views on the propriety or impropriety of his conduct.”
Now, this statement would have to apply to any similar activity, whether hetero– or homosexual. The importance, from a judicial standpoint, would seem to be making what we like to call “training films” of any kind, no matter what their sexual orientation. So, the way we see it, even if you don’t agree with “Sgt. Shannon” and her scantily clad appearance, the precedent has been set and she should be good to go. However, we’re not barracks room lawyers and we didn’t even stay in a Holiday Inn last night. What do YOU folks think?
Here’s part of the Joint Ethics Reg, which doesn’t cover paid pornography sodomy, sexual activity, fellatio putting cheap ketchup on a grilled Porterhouse or much of anything apparently else as long as you don’t, you know, appear to sanction or endorse anything.
“2–304. Use of Military Title by Retirees or Reserves. Retired military members and members of Reserve Components, not on active duty, may use military titles in connection with commercial enterprises, provided they clearly indicate their retired or inactive Reserve status. However, any use of military titles is prohibited if it in any way casts discredit on DoD or gives the appearance of sponsorship, sanction, endorsement, or approval by DoD. In addition, in overseas areas, commanders may further restrict the use of titles by retired military members and members of Reserve Components.”
“3–209. Endorsement. Endorsement of a non Federal entity, event, product, service, or enterprise may be neither stated nor implied by DoD or DoD employees in their official capacities and titles, positions, or organization names may not be used to suggest official endorsement or preferential treatment blah blah blah…”
Sound off? Should she be NJPed, or is the only shame here the fact that she didn’t win and we didn’t get to see her nekkid? No blatant hatred or rampant stupidity. We believe everyone is entitled to our opinion. That’s not true of you, if you write like a jackass (even if we agree with some of what you say.) You’ll note we didn’t use any of our normal derogatory military slang terms in this one. No mention of Fobbits, Motardation, or TOCroaches, nor any reference to someone getting sand anywhere or butthurt.
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