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Fort Benning Drill Sergeants Suspended Amid Multiple Sexual Assault Allegations
A lone report from a female trainee of an alleged sexual assault by an Army drill sergeant at Fort Benning, Georgia, has led to the suspension of a group of drill sergeants amid a broad investigation into multiple sexual assault allegations, the branch announced on Aug. 23.
The investigation at Fort Benning’s Maneuver Center of Excellence began after one female trainee claimed that she was sexually assaulted by a drill sergeant. An initial review by Army investigators indicated there may have been multiple incidences of “sexual misconduct” involving trainees and drill sergeants, according to Stars and Stripes.
At this point it’s unclear how many training instructors have been suspended, or how many trainees raised assault allegations. The news, first reported by U.S. Army W.T.F.! Moments on Aug. 22, was confirmed by Army Times the next day.
“We take these allegations very seriously, and we will ensure a full and thorough investigation of the facts,” the Army told The Washington Post in a statement.“Our initial actions are to ensure the safety and welfare of all of our Soldiers. The drill sergeants have been suspended from drill sergeant duties, and will have no contact with trainees during the course of the investigation.”
The news comes just months after the first female infantry soldiers graduated in May from Fort Benning, where infantry and armor soldiers are trained.
The case is the latest allegation of misconduct between instructors and their charges at a training command. An Army drill sergeant at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri was convicted of multiple incidents of sexual assault against female trainees in 2015, in which case the “service ultimately found that some of the drill sergeant’s peers were aware of sexual misconduct but decided not to report it,” according to the Washington Post.
In addition, the Marine Corps became embroiled in a hazing scandal at Recruit Depot Parris Island, following the death of Marine recruit Pvt. Raheel Siddiqui, in March 2016. Subsequent investigations unearthed incidents where a recruit was ordered into an industrial dryer, and another incident where a recruit was forced to exercise on a bleach-covered floor, which caused severe chemical burns.
“There is no place for sexual harassment or sexual assault in our Army,” a spokesperson for the branch told Stars and Stripes in a statement. “Our Army remains committed to maintaining a values-based climate, intolerant of these acts, and to respond appropriately when accusations are made.”
Army study recommends more sleep for recruits at basic, which drill sergeants will absolutely not disregard or anything
(Reuters Health) - Soldiers who experience sleep problems during basic combat training may be more likely to struggle with psychological distress, attention difficulties, and anger issues during their entry into the military, a recent study suggests.
"These results show that it would probably be useful to check in with new soldiers over time because sleep problems can be a signal that a soldier is encountering difficulties," said Amanda Adrian, lead author of the study and a research psychologist at the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland.
"Addressing sleep problems early on should help set soldiers up for success as they transition into their next unit of assignment," she said by email.
Thousands of U.S. service members who've been sent to operate along the Mexico border will receive a military award reserved for troops who "encounter no foreign armed opposition or imminent hostile action."
The Pentagon has authorized troops who have deployed to the border to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since last April to receive the Armed Forces Service Medal. Details about the decision were included in a Marine Corps administrative message in response to authorization from the Defense Department.
There is no end date for the award since the operation remains ongoing.
A former sailor who was busted buying firearms with his military discount and then reselling some of them to criminals is proving to be a wealth of information for federal investigators.
Julio Pino used his iPhone to record most, if not all, of his sales, court documents said. He even went so far as to review the buyers' driver's license on camera.
It is unclear how many of Pino's customer's now face criminal charges of their own. Federal indictments generally don't provide that level of detail and Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Jackson declined to comment.
It all began with a medical check.
Carson Thomas, a healthy and fit 20-year-old infantryman who had joined the Army after a brief stint in college, figured he should tell the medics about the pain in his groin he had been feeling. It was Feb. 12, 2012, and the senior medic looked him over and decided to send him to sick call at the base hospital.
It seemed almost routine, something the Army doctors would be able to diagnose and fix so he could get back to being a grunt.
Now looking back on what happened some seven years later, it was anything but routine.
The US military now has to ask the Iraqis for permission before giving close air support to troops in combat
U.S. forces must now ask the Iraqi military for permission to fly in Iraqi airspace before coming to the aid of U.S. troops under fire, a top military spokesman said.
However, the mandatory approval process is not expected to slow down the time it takes the U.S. military to launch close air support and casualty evacuation missions for troops in the middle of a fight, said Army Col. James Rawlinson, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.