It isn't an environment I really recommend for women. I usually try to talk women out of joining. But I'd rather deal with rapes, sexual harassment, and assault than deal with a squadron of eunuchs.
Our own bio-dome of sorts creates an environment prime for any sort of crime. Petty theft usually goes uninvestigated, no one is held truly accountable for paper work issues and mistakes (didn't get what you signed up for? It's your fault. Didn't understand the complex system of papers to sign? That's your fault too.), and many issues can be swept under the rug, out of sight and out of mind, that are very illegal civilian side. Higher ups and officers can simply 'retire' when they've done something that will change entire lives and careers the way CEOs resign and assume that that is punishment enough for their crimes.
We really do get away with a lot.. There are reasons for this, and we cannot run our organization exactly like a civilian sector. It just is not possible. Civilians deal with another world from ours. We're a different animal.
Because of this, we deal directly with people. We try to get the best people we can.. but we are not an organization of the best of the best. We are an organization of people willing to sign.
It's difficult to say things like that, because the other side of this coin is many people absolutely shine in this environment. Being relied upon, and having those heavy responsibilities creates situations where a soldier can not only love his job, but can spread that love to others. It is a beautiful thing.
But you mix that heavy sentiment with the current army standards of trying to control sex in the workplace the way an over-bearing father tries to control a teenage daughter, and you end up with a recipe for disaster. The military is swinging the wrong way--they want to put MORE strict codes, MORE 'men and women intermingling is bad!' and more guilt on people being perfectly human. Sexual harassment education will not solve anything.. it isn't the core problem in my eyes.
Military men and women are still people, and they still desire and have wants and needs. Any time you stifle those (strict religious morals and codes, and jail environments immediately come to mind) you will end up with a backlash uglier than the normal problems and concerns that come with sex. It is drama either way, but I think the army needs to take a more reactive approach to it instead of trying to proactively treat everyone like a teenager forced to say abstinence ring vows so that he doesn't look like a douche in front of his parents.
Also, I don't think rape should be punishable by death. That's ridiculous. With the amount of women that cry 'rape' that actually just got drunk and regret their decision in the morning, it'd be a nightmare.
And I would STILL prefer that to someone trying to lower my libido with some miracle medication because someone else can't control themselves and just do their damn job.