For John, BLUF: I don't support binge drinking or promiscuity, but there may be some correlation between one kind of risky behavior and another. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The San Diego Union-Tribune, by Contract Reporter Andrew Dyer, 29 July 2018.
Here is the lede plus one:
A new report from the RAND Corporation analyzed survey data from thousands of active-duty military members and found Marines are more likely to be heavy drinkers, use tobacco and engage in riskier sexual behavior than the sailors, soldiers and airmen of the other branches.Hat tip to Memeorandum.
Dr. Sarah Meadows, a senior sociologist at RAND who helped lead the study, said although it is useful in making policy decisions at the Department of Defense, people should be careful when drawing conclusions or casting judgement on one branch or another.Steven Green, who posted this, said:
“We’re not trying to blame anyone for this, but the Marine Corps does tend to stand out,” she said. “Each of the services has their own culture.”
Meadows said one of the reasons the Marines stand out is simple demographics.
“Marines tend to be young men,” she said. “Compared to young men on college campuses, it’s pretty similar.”
Meadows partially explained the discrepancy as self-selecting based on who chooses to join the military and which branches they choose.
They’re going to want some of that toxic masculinity, next time they need a beach stormed.Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff