none asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 decade ago

Does the Air Force have double standards on adultery for men and women?

(I wrote this question with Governor Mark Sanford in mind. It is unbelievable that the cowardly high command of the Air Force let this Airman stay in his job and in his rank after he was AWOL and committed Adultery??? Please read the case about 1st Lt Kelly Flinn an Air Force Academy Graduate and B-52 pilot. Head and shoulders above Mark Sanford. Who committed adultery and was never charged.)

Kelly Flinn

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1LT Kelly Flinn

United States Air Force

Born December 23, 1970

Place of birth St. Louis, Missouri

Allegiance United States of America

Service/branch United States Air Force

Years of service 1993-1997

Rank Lieutenant

Other work Proud to Be

Kelly Flinn, sometimes referred to as Kelly Flynn in media sources, (b. December 23, 1970, St. Louis, Missouri) was the first female B-52 pilot in the United States Air Force. Flinn was discharged from the U.S. Air Force in 1997 after being charged with making a false statement, adultery, and disobeying orders.[1] Flinn's trouble with the Air Force received widespread media attention at the time and was discussed in a U.S. Senate hearing on May 22, 1997.[1]

Contents [hide]

1 Early life

2 Academy

3 Pilot training

4 Post-training

5 Missions

6 Charged

7 References

[edit] Early life

As a youth she moved to Marietta, Georgia where she attended Lassiter High School and was named "Miss LHS" in 1989 upon graduation. She decided to become a pilot after attending Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.

[edit] Academy

On June 29, 1989 Flinn was accepted by both the United States Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy, with nominations from Senator Sam Nunn and Congressman George "Buddy" Darden, choosing to enter the Air Force as a member of the Class of 1993.

Considered by her Air Officer Commanding ("AOC") to be one of the top cadets at the academy, Flinn was active in many cadet programs, and was selected for an overseas Operation Air Force program, spending the summer of 1991 at Kunsan Air Base in Korea. She was further selected during her senior year to participate in an international exchange program with L'École de l'Air (the French Air Force Academy). Eight cadets are selected every year for this program, becoming provisional ambassadors to France, attending L'École de l'Air and participating in its programs. Flinn flew the Cap-10 and received French jump wings.

[edit] Pilot training

Flinn entered Undergraduate Pilot Training on January 24, 1994 at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, and later attended water survival training and the Combined Services Support Program at Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City, Florida. In early 1995, Flinn worked in the Wing Scheduling Office back at Columbus AFB, organizing air show information, as well as coordinating Emergency Procedures Training for NASA.

In April 1995, Flinn began B-52 training at Barksdale Air Force Base, in Louisiana, received the highest possible scores on all evaluations (including flight evaluations), and was titled as a distinguished graduate of her class.

[edit] Post-training

Later that October, Flinn was a delegate to the 1995 Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service conference at Luke Air Force Base. She spoke to several national military leaders, including the Air Force Chief of Staff and the Secretary of the Air Force about Air Force policies concerning women in combat.

[edit] Missions

Arriving at Minot AFB, North Dakota, in October 1995, Flinn was mission-qualified for the B-52H Stratofortress by December, as a co-pilot, participating in various B-52 operations for both conventional and nuclear weapons. 1st Lt Flinn participated in various missions, including Hornet's Nest, Global Guardian, Bulwark Bronze, Statex, Green Flag, NORI, and CORI. Selected to demonstrate B-52H power projection capabilities to the Secretary of the Air Force, 1st Lt Flinn flew on a Global Power long-range airstrike during an international exercise, and participated at air shows at Andrews Air Force Base.

[edit] Charged

1st Lt Flinn faced a court-martial on May 20, 1997 for military charges of adultery with a soccer coach at Minot AFB who was married to a female enlisted subordinate; conduct unbecoming an officer; disobeying a lawful order (in writing, to stay away from the married man) and making a false official statement.[1]

Flinn's case, due to her high visibility in Air Force recruitment advertisements, as well as the number of her accomplishments during her four years of active-duty service, drew national attention, eventually creating a media circus. She was allowed to resign from the Air

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    From what I can read she lied, got caught, was told to stop and then kept doing it. She is an Officer and was fully aware of the consequences. She falls under the UCMJ so she has to play by their, way more specific, rules. A Governor falls under conventional laws and sadly is not held to the same standards. As a military member, being fully aware of the laws, you gotta ask yourself "are my stripes/bars and everything I have accomplished worth it?" It must have been some really good sex.

  • 1 decade ago

    To my knowledge all branches of service (USA) have double standards for male and female soldiers. From the physical fitness requirements to how the different genders are treated during basic training and so on and so forth. Now to answer your question as it pertains to adultery. If I recall correctly the person that Governor Sanford committed adultery with was not a member of the U.S. armed services and therefore he would not be committing a criminal act under UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice). In the case of Ms Flinn, she committed adultery with another service member's spouse and it was a subordinate. This is a crime under UCMJ and military law is much stricter than Civilian law. However, if the Senator's wife was listed as his dependant with the military, she could have sought compensation from a board of inquiry and been awarded allotments from his retirement or pension if the board found there was significant evidence that the adultery was performed before legal separation, and he possibly could have been charged with conduct unbecoming...but that might be a stretch. Usually in cases like the Senator's the Military would leave it up to the civilian courts because He was the only service member involved. Hope this helps.

    Source(s): 8 yr Army Veteran about to re-up.
  • 1 decade ago

    No, they do not. If you read the actual Court Martial proceedings, she was charged with (in order): Disobeying a Lawful Order (she had been given an order to cease and desist); Conduct Unbecoming An Officer I (her affair with the civilian); Conduct Unbecoming An Officer II (fraternization with subordinate by proxy - husband of an enlisted person); Making False Statements (she had claimed that she had stopped when in fact she did not). She was found guilty of all charges, with emphasis on Disobeying A Lawful Order. As for Governor Mark Sanford, in civilian cases, proof or evidence must be exhibited in order to be charged. Same with military cases. Even though he eventually confessed to the transgressions, none of it was military. Hence, he could not be brought to court martial, regardless how reprehensible it was. There are other means of making his military life miserable, and I am sure his CO has employed them

    Source(s): Colonel, USAFR Court Martial Proceedings.
  • 1 decade ago

    No it does not the UCMJ covers it for male and female.

    USAF retired

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