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Joint Chiefs Chairman Signals Support For Gillibrand's Military Sexual Assault Bill

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley arrives to the chamber ahead of President Joe Biden speaking to a joint session of Congress, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley arrives to the chamber ahead of President Joe Biden speaking to a joint session of Congress, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

The nation’s top general has signaled he might be open to the kind of military justice reforms that New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has pushed for to put sexual assault cases in the hands of civilian authorities.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley stopped short of endorsing calls to remove military sexual assault cases from the chain of command, but said the current system hasn’t worked.

Gillibrand, a member of the Armed Services Committee, said it’s “deeply significant” that Milley has dropped his opposition. She introduced a bipartisan bill last week that would overhaul how the military handles sexual assault cases.

Gillibrand said Milley’s new position is a “sign that long overdue change, which will provide justice for survivors,” is coming to the military.

Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.