People, are you aware that military members are officially banned from sex while on deployment*? And that West Point students are barred from sex in the barracks?
If you're weren't in the know, veteran Laura Cannon would like to educate you. As she explains, "General Order No. 1 prohibits sex (and alcohol consumption) on an Army deployment. Typical deployments last approximately one year, so if West Point graduates follow the academy's rules, then they abstain for all four of their college years, plus the year-long deployment."
And since "five years of abstinence is enough to make anyone crazy," Cannon argues that the army should abolish General Order No. 1. "Keep the rules that protect soldiers from sexual harassment," she writes. "But allow deployed officers and troops to have sex while at war."
That's the gist of Cannon's WaPo op-ed. The rest of the piece's 500-odd words comprise descriptions of the trials of intercourse outdoors at West Point during New York winters, and the "thrill" of "covert combat sex."* In 2008 the ban was partially lifted for personnel in Afghanistan. Single combat troops are discouraged from having sex, but not prohibited.