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Missouri National Guards looted a Wal-Mart while searching for tornado survivors

A general once told me that a small but significant percentage of soldiers in any unit are criminals at heart, and that one job of small unit leaders is to prevent them from spreading the rot to other members of the unit. I thought of that when I read this article revealing that a sergeant ...

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A general once told me that a small but significant percentage of soldiers in any unit are criminals at heart, and that one job of small unit leaders is to prevent them from spreading the rot to other members of the unit.

I thought of that when I read this article revealing that a sergeant and three other members of the National Guard pocketed some electronic gear at Wal-Mart in Joplin, Missouri, when sent there to provide aid after part of the town was smashed by a huge tornado May in 2011.  

Speaking of criminal activity, the former command master chief of the USS Fort McHenry was sentenced to 60 days in the brig for assaulting crew members. He also supposedly has some issues with pawing the buttocks of female sailors.

A general once told me that a small but significant percentage of soldiers in any unit are criminals at heart, and that one job of small unit leaders is to prevent them from spreading the rot to other members of the unit.

I thought of that when I read this article revealing that a sergeant and three other members of the National Guard pocketed some electronic gear at Wal-Mart in Joplin, Missouri, when sent there to provide aid after part of the town was smashed by a huge tornado May in 2011.  

Speaking of criminal activity, the former command master chief of the USS Fort McHenry was sentenced to 60 days in the brig for assaulting crew members. He also supposedly has some issues with pawing the buttocks of female sailors.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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