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U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan using Craigslist to have same sex hook ups with each other on base

American troops in Afghanistan are reportedly using Craigslist to solicit and arrange casual and discreet same sex sexual encounters, according to the Army Times...

"Sexual activities in a war zone are as old as wars themselves, but with the advent of Internet personal ads and social media sites, arranging a sexual encounter can become brazen, public and risky. Warnings from commanders, standard guidance for any unit headed to the war zone, appear to have fallen on deaf ears in many cases."

As a result, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in Afghanistan is now having agents monitor such sites, and investigating any potential sexual encounters as violations of conduct. The Times told the story of one soldier:

"One Marine lance corporal...posted an advertisement on Craigslist for a sexual rendezvous. The guy he met at Camp Leatherneck, whom he thought was also looking to hook up, turned out to be an undercover agent with the NCIS."

The report then went on to explain:

"Online sex solicitation is technically not a crime under the UCMJ. However, commanders have the right to enact regulations that make it a punishable offense."

How so? While it may not be against any regulations to post a personal ad, "posting pornographic images on a public web or social media site is a chargeable offense," explained Erin Stattel, a press officer for International Security Assistance Force. "Adultery, pandering, and prostitution" are also on the list of violations. Commanders can also punish soldiers on a case-by-case basis under an article that bans conduct “to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces.” Take the above-mentioned lance corporal for example. Commanders charged him with three violations: "attempting to commit an offense in violation of the UCMJ; failing to obey an order or regulation, and pandering and prostitution." The soldier accepted the punishment gracefully, but did express some resentment to the Army Times:

"It was against the rules set forth by the base general, ... so they were doing their job, but what I don’t agree with is how they were pretty much searching for people to arrest."

As the report indicates, a majority of the Craigslist ads investigated by the NCIS are by men seeking other men. That does not necessarily mean that the agency is targeting gay soldiers. Retired Col. Dr. Elspeth Cameron “Cam” Ritchie, Army psychiatrist and chief clinical officer for the District of Columbia’s Department of Mental Health in Washington, offered a different explanation. She told the Army Times:

“When detached from home, without the ability to openly exercise relationships in a combat environment and with a fatalistic attitude, military members would be inclined to embrace risk-taking. These young men have high testosterone and, with the inability to quietly have a relationship, it is not surprising that they are willing to put themselves into that situation.”

UK's Daily Mail took it upon themselves to peruse many of the Craigslist pages in question, posting many racy screencaps on their site. The images depicted standard fare for any casual-sex-soliciting social network pages...disembodied torsos, genitals, and an overabundance of words such as "looking" and "discreet". Naturally, upon discovering news of these casual sexual encounters, conservative activists did not approve.

by Anonymousreply 4906/13/2015

It never would have occurred to me that there was AFghanistan Craigslist.

by Anonymousreply 108/01/2013

[quote]the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in Afghanistan is now having agents monitor such sites, and investigating any potential sexual encounters as violations of conduct.

For many decadees, every gay man in the Navy and Marine Corps had to watch out for NCIS people everywhere they went. NCIS would follow every man they suspected of being gay. That all ended with DADT. Unless you were in the military you have no idea how welcome DADT was in view of what were the previous regulations. Thank you Bill Clinton for moving this forward. It was a major step toward what we have now with gays serving openly.

by Anonymousreply 208/01/2013

They've already made a movie about it.

by Anonymousreply 308/01/2013

Why don't they just drill gloryholes like generations past?

by Anonymousreply 408/01/2013

How generous and enlightened of 'The Daily Mail' to promote this service in such detail.

Never mind Afghanistan or the US Military: CL's 'casual encounters' traffic in Middle England will soar! Grateful readers should express their thanks in letters to The Editor.

by Anonymousreply 508/02/2013

The ad they showed in the article with the BIG black box is still out there. And yes, the box had to be that big - what a fucking hog on that boy! Damn!

by Anonymousreply 608/02/2013

So they're setting up sting operations again? Wtf!

by Anonymousreply 708/02/2013

"Black Box guy" from the article. Nice meat indeed. Image link is NSFW, obviously.

by Anonymousreply 808/02/2013

If they can't get any cock or ass, the terrorists have won!!

by Anonymousreply 908/02/2013

This offends me. The military will turn over every rock to find a queer engaged in consensual sex that isn't hurting anyone. But what about all the non-consensual sex crimes bring perpetrated against women in the military?

So rape continues to be a significant problem that they somehow can't eradicate. But I bet they nip the gay sex in the bud. The witch hunts continue.

by Anonymousreply 1008/02/2013

Next week on "NCIS", DiNozzo and McGee go undercover to smoke out Marine pole smokers!

by Anonymousreply 1108/02/2013

I was stationed in Afghanistan and the only people I saw reprimanded/sent home for having sex were STRAIGHT. This is what equality looks like, folks. Gays aren't going to get away with hooking up when their straight counterparts are expected to follow the same rules.

by Anonymousreply 1208/02/2013

I'm confused: are you supposed to be celibate while serving in the armed forces?

by Anonymousreply 1308/03/2013

I think they said ads were OK but you couldn't have pictures showing genitals and other body parts. Although I also read sex for singles weren't allowed. There's some contradiction.

The dailymail rag tried to make it seem it's exclusively gay sex ads but there were also men seeking women and women ads as well.

link has some examples with pictures of ads.

by Anonymousreply 1408/03/2013

The only place where celibacy is required is in deployed environments in which General Order 1 is enacted. GO 1 basically stipulates no sex or alcohol.

by Anonymousreply 1508/04/2013

I wish there were more hot bi soldiers in the DC area.

by Anonymousreply 1608/04/2013

R10 wins.

And the Daily Mail is as pissed as ever that military gay/bi/curious or even straight and desperate men have a right to a CONSENTING adult sex life under extreme circumstances (AKA fighting a pointless war that politicians won't dare suit up for themselves).

NCIS were arrogant shits on that TV drama too.

by Anonymousreply 1708/04/2013

update?

by Anonymousreply 1806/24/2014

Well, what do you expect in a place called Camp Leatherneck?

by Anonymousreply 1906/24/2014

[quote]For many decadees, every gay man in the Navy and Marine Corps had to watch out for NCIS people everywhere they went.

I'm willing to bet that quite a few of the NCIS men were happy to hang out in gay bars while watching for gay sailors or marines.

by Anonymousreply 2006/26/2014

Oh God. Learning your first three general orders is the first thing you do in basic training. You're supposed to have them memorized before you go. It's on the fucking back cover of your SMART book. Shit I remember being endlessly drilled on them. Has nothing to do with sex.

I still remember them today. General Order number one:

I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved.

It never has to be enacted. The three general orders are always active.

Having been recently discharged and home, never to leave my beloved home in Maine again, let burst your bubble and say this article is full of shit.

by Anonymousreply 2106/26/2014

what do you mean r21? What do the general orders have to do with hookups?

by Anonymousreply 2206/26/2014

It was a response to R15 saying this is covered by GO 1. And GO 1 needing to be activated.

by Anonymousreply 2306/26/2014

[quote]I'm willing to bet that quite a few of the NCIS men were happy to hang out in gay bars while watching for gay sailors or marines.

Me, too.

by Anonymousreply 2406/26/2014

Try, try again.

by Anonymousreply 2506/26/2014

R22 No special reason. I just wanted to read it again. Sign of the times.

by Anonymousreply 2606/27/2014

Is this news shocking?

by Anonymousreply 2706/27/2014

Oh my Lord! I'm going to have to join the military and hop on the first bomber to Iraq. All those miles of lonely horny military manmeat just begging for some attention!

by Anonymousreply 2806/27/2014

Lots and LOTS of military manmeat to be had in Iraq!

by Anonymousreply 2906/27/2014

r28, he's only 5'6" but look at that piece of meat on him!

by Anonymousreply 3006/27/2014

Fuck, R28/R30! I love them compact and hung. And that boy has plenty to chew on. They must save jizz up for days too!

by Anonymousreply 3106/27/2014

Men are forced into the mansex since the lesbian soldiers will no longer be coerced into penisrape!

by Anonymousreply 3206/29/2014

This guy looks like he's baking cookies for the troops.

by Anonymousreply 3306/29/2014

So what's a guy to do when he's all "backed up"?

Americans are so sex phobic.

by Anonymousreply 3406/29/2014

Bring all of our men and women home from Afghanistan and no one will need to worry about this.

by Anonymousreply 3506/29/2014

Where is the link to Afghanistan m4m?

by Anonymousreply 3606/29/2014

hot

by Anonymousreply 3706/29/2014

Since the WMD bullshit proves Bush (and Cheney, and Rice, et al) and congress LIED...

WHY is it so hard to believe that Obama (and Biden, and Clinton, et al) are also lying about Syria, Crimea, Iran...

Why? Why do we automatically believe one side and demonize the other?

by Anonymousreply 3807/10/2014

[quote]Why do we automatically believe one side and demonize the other?

Because ONE SIDE is a proven pathological liar and sociopath, bigoted and evil... and the other side isn't?

DUH?

by Anonymousreply 3907/10/2014

more!

by Anonymousreply 4007/11/2014

I cant believe people show their faces on m4m Iraq.

by Anonymousreply 4107/11/2014

Why not, some are really handsome

by Anonymousreply 4207/11/2014

We need to set up a "welcome home" tour for the CL guys who return to the states.

by Anonymousreply 4307/13/2014

hawt

by Anonymousreply 4410/13/2014

"Gay sex finds a way."

by Anonymousreply 4510/13/2014

This is kinda hot... the thought of army dudes hooking up like this.

by Anonymousreply 4606/13/2015

Yes, r46 and no Saran Wrap for their cocks! Good old fashioned bareback sex.

by Anonymousreply 4706/13/2015

I hope there are no damn urinal dividers in the barracks.

by Anonymousreply 4806/13/2015

There better not be! And communal showers!

by Anonymousreply 4906/13/2015
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