Biden calls for ‘no excuses’ for his vocal school: A student who graduated in 2013 has a ‘unique perspective’ on the administration
Biden on Tuesday called on the Trump administration to end the “no excuses” policy for failing to suspend vocal educators in the military, saying it creates “false equivalency” between military leaders and students.
Biden’s call came in a memo to Pentagon leaders that outlines the administration’s efforts to reform the military’s vocal assessment system, which is often used by students in a cadre that is largely civilian.
The Pentagon recently started to suspend the military from the system and is looking to reexamine the system in the coming weeks, said Capt. Thomas K. Jones, a Pentagon spokesman.
The department also is exploring other ways to discipline cadets who are vocal, he said.
Betsy McCaughey, a former vocal teacher who graduated from Besey College in Virginia in 2015, said Biden’s call is significant.
“It’s a big step,” McCaugherty said.
“It really shows how serious the military is in addressing this problem.”
She said Biden is the first senior administration official to make the case for reopening the system, and it would signal that Biden’s administration is serious about reforming the military.
In his memo, Biden says the military needs a new way to discipline students who use the system to their advantage.
The Pentagon is working on an executive order that would require students who are deemed to be “uncomfortable” or “uncooperative” to have the ability to request that they be placed on “continuation suspension.”
The Pentagon says that, under the current policy, a student could be suspended for six months and then transferred to a different school without the student’s permission.
The suspension would be lifted when the student was cleared to return to the military or if they were released from military detention.
Bennett, who graduated with a Beseyon certificate in the late 1990s, was suspended for two months for his conduct during a class assignment at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 2011.
His suspension was later extended and the school was told he violated the Army’s code of conduct by “engaging in disruptive conduct.”
Bennett said he believes Biden’s calls to end suspension policies are an attempt to change the culture at Beseys.
“They’re trying to change it,” Bennett said.
“He wants to change a culture.
He wants to show the military that he’s going to listen to them.”
Biden said in his memo that the new suspension policies should not be applied retroactively to students who have already completed their suspension.
He said that the suspension policy should only be used for students who pose a threat to others, and that the school must review how it uses the suspension and how it handles the student.
He added that he believes that the military has an obligation to make sure students are “treated fairly and humanely.”
“When a military service member is suspended for something like this, it sends a signal to others that it’s acceptable for them to do the same,” Biden said.