Being in the military, I am strongly against this bill. There is no reason for it. If people actually looked at the true stats of the civilian world compared to the military, they would find that the military does a much better job at fighting sexual assault. In fact, if politics comes involved in whether a case is pursued, then it is more likely to be pursued or not for the wrong reasons (either to show that more people are being punished when accused of sexual assault, whether the evidence is actually there or not, NJP requires less evidence than court martial, or to ensure someone with enough influence gets their way when it comes to whether or not to pursue, and not just talking about officers here, believe it or not, politicians' children do sometimes join the military, firsthand experience with some of the influence there). Given the fact that NJP requires less evidence than even civilian justice systems when it comes to sexual assault/rape, then that means a person accused is more likely to be punished for it in the military than the civilian world. While I do not agree that this is right, I also do not think that the goal here is to ensure justice is served, but rather to try to look politically like they are trying to reduce numbers of sexual assaults. This action will not actually reduce sexual assaults, nor will it increase conviction possibility in the right way.
And as for the blaming the command/supervisors, I agree wholeheartedly. There is much more likely to be a problem if the command sees it as easier to sweep things under the radar rather than actually pursuing legitimate cases of anything. People are less likely to do something if they know that they will be highly punished personally for doing something wrong and the responsibility is actually laid on their shoulders. Supervisors/commanders should be held responsible for whether or not known offenses are punished and the message their punishments are sending to their command, not for the actual offenses being done.