"Support the troops" takes on a whole new meaning in the "casual encounters" section of Craigslist, where U.S. soldiers post ads to have sex with each other on U.S. military bases in Afghanistan.
Adultery and soliciting prostitution are illegal in the U.S. military, but posting ads for sex is technically not, although the military tries to ban it with a general regulation barring activities “to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces,” reports the Marine Corps Times.
Ads on Craigslist also include male soldiers seeking sex with other men, notes the New York Post.
U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan use the Iraq Craigslist page, a holdover from that war.
Craigslist features about two new dozen posts a day, mostly from soldiers and private contractors, working with the military, looking for sex.
The sex posts often include explicit photos of the poster's genitals and sometimes show sex acts, before being flagged.
Retired Colonel Dr. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, a former Army psychiatrist, says that soldiers have always solicited sex while overseas, from local prostitutes and each other.
"When detached from home, without the ability to openly exercise relationships in a combat environment and with a fatalistic attitude, military members would be inclined to embrace risk-taking," Dr. Ritchie told the Marine Corps Times.