May 2nd, 2010

A 'Light' Charge at an Admin Hearing (Military)


I wonder if you could help me with this.

In the subplot of my story, there is a Pentagon conspiracy to start a war with a country. It is planned by a Pentagon General in the way that it would look like that particular country's aricraft attack US aircraft during the war games conducted along its border. Yes, it's kind of provocation, but they are not supposed to attack, aren't they? Anyway, the plan is fouled up and the American pilot who does that also figures the conspiracy out and blows the whistle. Of course there is a cover up, a closed door hearing and the General who's come up with the plan is charged with something minimal and a recommendation to retire voluntarily.

Now, I imagine the charge would be something like 'negligence and violation of rules of safety resulting in a loss of personnel and equipment'. (Yeah, I forgot to say that one US aircraft has gone down as the result, shot down by the pilot who figured the plot because he and everybody esle thought it was a hostile aircraft; until it was too late).

My question is if this charge sounds 'about right'. 

I have searched google, millitary for verious combinations of phrases above, have had a quick look at court martial manual, but can not find anything of relevance that would tell me that the charge above is 'light' enough for the General to walk away with nothing too serious and the whole thing remains covered up. Conspiracies are rarely uncovered I figure ;o(

Thank you for your help!

expulsion (or not) of pregnant student in late 1960s UK

Would a girl found to be pregnant have been automatically expelled from school in the UK in the late 1960s? My story is set in 1968, the girl in question is 17 or 18 and finishing her A-levels, and the school is a co-ed comprehensive in greater London. I'm assuming that she wouldn't have been allowed to stay, or at least not at most schools, but I can't find confirmation of this assumption anywhere; my Google-fu is failing me pretty spectacularly.

I have tried many variations of pregnant/pregnancy, student, expel/expulsion, with or without 60s/sixties/1960s, and I've found some very good discussions of changes in law and practice relating to pregnant students in the US in the 60s and in the developing world today, but even restricting the search to .uk domains is getting me nothing about the situation in Britain.

(Regarding the same story: I know that the Education Act of 1944 removed the marriage bar for female teachers. To what extent did de facto discrimination against married teachers persist after the passage of the act? Would a woman beginning her teaching career in the early- to mid-fifties have gone into it assuming that she would continue teaching after marriage?)

Any help would be much appreciated!