The prefectural title="震災出勤命令に従わず 自衛官を処分 目達原駐屯地" href="http://www.saga-s.co.jp/news/saga.0.1952547.article.html" >Saga Shimbun reported on June 21st on the story of two members going AWOL from Camp Metabaru in the prefecture. More than previous reports of SDF members committing criminal acts, this raises questions of discipline at the base during a time of national emergency. It is selfish and unbecoming behavior that makes the SDF look back because it shows a lack of commitment to their work.

While many new recruits attempt to runaway during training, neither men were new recruits, and one was a senior NCO. Unlike the story of the MSDF sailor who attempted to get out of another deployment to the disaster zone by streaking in a public place, these men’s actions are less understandable. Thankfully for the SDF, this issue didn’t really make it outside the local media in Saga Prefecture. Also, I think the punishments given were far too lenient.

SDF Member Punished for Disobeying an Order to Attend Work – GSDF Camp Metabaru

id="attachment_7042" class="wp-caption alignright" style="width: 310px"> href="http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/utecht_86/archive/2009/10/03"> class="size-medium wp-image-7042 " title="AH-1S Cobra attached to the 3rd Anti-Tank Helicopter Unit at Camp Metabaru" src="http://newpacificinstitute.org/jsw/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/img_886613_21965102_19-300x147.jpg" alt="AH-1S Cobra attached to the 3rd Anti-Tank Helicopter Unit at Camp Metabaru" width="300" height="147" /> class="wp-caption-text">AH-1S Cobra attached to the 3rd Anti-Tank Helicopter Unit at Camp Metabaru (Source: utecht_86)