These people are supposed to be serving our country and they should be noble gentlemen who represent this country. It's the same thing with police officers who commit sexual assault. These people are supposed to be protecting us, not hurting us. They need to be held accountable for their actions.
Sexual misconduct from anyone is highly inappropriate and unacceptable; however, military officers make a vow to protect. They are betraying this oath when they commit such crimes. Also, it is likely the victim has to see them regularly after this misconduct occurs which makes them relive the situation over and over. It can also be intimidating and prevent the victim from performing their required duty. With that said, yes, military officers should receive a stiffer penalty.
Military officers are more and more being accused of sexual misconduct. This is completely unexcusable. However, they should not receive a stiffer penalty then sexual misconduct in a civilian workplace. The military serves as a duty and protector of The United States, but it still a job. Governmental or not, the penalty should be equal to all people whether we agree or not.
Why would they receive a stiffer penalty than civilians? At the end of the day, it's the same crime. It should receive a similar punishment and rehabilitation process. I don't think just because they are military means they should receive a stiffer penalty. That doesn't seem like it's the right course of action.