seems to me that we expect a lot of soldiers.
we expect them to be in a war zone, to be targets of enemy fire, yet not to lose their cool and start shooting at civilians even in cases where the civilians are indistinguishable from the enemy (in dress, behavior, skin color, physical features, etc). to someone that has just been (or is actively) under fire, this is a real suppression of instinct.
i should qualify this with the statement that i've never been in the military....but i have been "in the wrong place at the wrong time" and been present during an armed home invasion (tied up on the floor, gun barrel in my mouth)....btw, they discussed (while we were tied up) raping us before they left...there were no women present.
in any case, we cannot tolerate raping and/or pillaging from our soldiers...of "the enemy", of "the occupied people", of civilians, of soldiers of allied nations, of soldiers of neutral nations, of soldiers of enemy nations....if we don't tolerate the above (and we don't...things happen, and i'm sure some are overlooked...but for the most part, american soldiers are held accountable for their actions in such situations), i don't see how we can simply accept that american male soldiers will rape american female soldiers in battle conditions.
i don't doubt that there are tenancies, urges, compulsions, human nature, etc. that make this difficult, but is it any different than other "natural" behaviors that we expect our soldiers to not engage in?