Armed Forces: The Pop-Off

Since the Roman legions began murdering their commanders in moments of pique, soldiers everywhere have considered it their basic right to gripe—even if not to take more forcible action. And the U.S. Army reservists and National Guardsmen called up last fall as a symbol of the Kennedy Administration's intent to stand fast in Berlin have certainly availed themselves of their squawking privileges. Yet last week a gangling G.I.

learned that complaint can become insubordination: at Fort Polk, La., Pfc.

Bernis Owen, 23, was sentenced to six months at hard labor for having...

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