U.S Army Policies Changing
Changes are coming after an investigation was ordered to the U.S Army base of Fort Hood in Texas. After the death of Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old soldier, and several others on the base in 2020, it revealed that army investigators whose jobs are to review complex crimes at Fort Hood were inexperienced, overwhelmed, and understaffed. Thus resulting in failure to protect service members. Last year, defense secretary Lloyd Austin ordered an independent review commission to give recommendations to the department on how to address the problem of sexual assault and harassment within the military. The commission provided nearly 80 recommendations and the Pentagon carried out a plan to adopt them all. The U.S Army has adopted most of the Fort Hood report’s recommendations and some of the top recommendations of the IRC.