@James I concede your point and counter with “What if it was the 19 y/o Wife of a service member shopping at the PX on a Saturday night?” She has less judicial standing than the service member yet the offense occurred on a military installation and by current laws both would be victims unable to defend themselves with a firearm, LEGALLY.
My age consideration is just in following the laws of today as written, no more, no less.
My rank consideration is an ADJUNCT to the age consideration as well as the additional requirement to be Auxiliary Security Force and having a CWP for carrying a personal concealed weapon on a Federal Installation.
Those nare do well E-6’s would not be members of the AuxSecFor due to their records so that argument is moot. The E-1 that is a great weapons handler STILL must be in compliance with the law either State, Federal or UCMJ.
The crux of this matter while tangentially about personal protection is rooted in response to an immediate threat to the base and it’s inhabitants. The argument of personal protection on a military installation has never had legs. Only now with the prevention of terrorist attacks has the subject even gained a bit of traction.
Lets face it, military installations are the biggest soft targets in the country once you get inside (all the guns point outside). The shooter in FL was stopped by LOCAL PD, not DOD Police or Military Police and it took them what? 7 minutes to respond. (Which is actually pretty damn good if you think about it). The DOD needs to consider multi layered non centric force protection within bases as a requirement rather than an obscure idea or someone will get the memo and this will happen over and over on a large scale.