Well, I’m not totally serious about the draft, though I do think there are a lot of benefits to a sort of national service that includes, but is not limited to, military service. But yes, zero tolerance is a good goal. The key is, as always, leadership. The men and women in the service by and large reflect our society, for good or ill. We count on the leaders in the services–civilian as well as uniformed–to set the example.
When the folks at the top are clearly undermining the laws of the land, and really, undermining the core values of the military, or what they should be, it becomes very hard to enforce anything. My beef is not with the folks in the ranks, or even most of the officers, but with a command structure that has over the years embraced the “volunteer” part of the post-draft military but not necessarily the “professional” part of it, beyond interpreting “professional” to mean “make as much for myself as I can and screw everything else.”