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    Racial Bias in Military Justice Starts with Junior Officers, Supervisors: Pentagon Review

    Racial Bias in Military Justice Starts with Junior Officers, Supervisors: Pentagon Review

    Bias from junior officers and supervisors is a key reason why minority troops face harsher treatment in the criminal justice system, a Pentagon internal review has found.

    The review revealed that “significant racial disparities exist across the investigative and military justice systems” and that those outcomes begin early on — long before legal troubles — during minority troops' interactions with mid-level superiors.

    The findings track with a Government Accountability Office report in 2019 that said Black and Hispanic troops were more likely than white counterparts to face criminal investigations and courts-martial. Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks, who ordered the review, called the racial disparities found by the review unacceptable.

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    “They degrade service members, directly impact recruitment and operational readiness, and undermine public trust in the military,” Hicks wrote in a memo on the completed racial disparity review, which began a year ago.

    The internal review team found that the greatest bias enters the judicial process through early discretionary decisions by a service member's direct supervisors as well as senior enlisted leaders and junior officers.

    Those decisions shape how commanding officers process information and make recommendations, they said.

    “Although the commanding officer makes the final…

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