As a former Air Force enlisted man, I find this disgusting
From the El Paso Times: From a
chapel pulpit on Lackland Air Force Base, where every American airman
reports for basic training, Col. Glenn Palmer delivered his first order
to nearly 600 recruits seated in the pews: If you're sexually harassed
or assaulted, tell someone.
"My job is to give you a safe, effective training environment," Palmer said firmly.
What the colonel did not mention directly was a widening sex scandal
that has rocked the base, one of the nation's busiest military training
centers. Allegations that male instructors had sex with, and in one case
raped, female trainees have led to criminal charges against four men.
Charges against others are possible.
The most serious accusations surround an Air Force staff sergeant
scheduled to face a court-martial in July on charges that include rape
and multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault. The other three
defendants were charged with lesser crimes ranging from sexual
misconduct to adultery. All of the defendants were assigned to turn raw
recruits into airmen in eight weeks of basic training.
A two-star general is now investigating alongside a separate criminal
probe, which military prosecutors say could sweep up more airmen.
Advocates for female service members and members of Congress have
started taking notice.
"It's a pretty big scandal the Air Force is having to deal with at this
point," said Greg Jacob, a former Marine infantry officer and policy
director of the Service Women's Action Network.
When a person and in this case a female recruit, are in basic training, they are highly stressed because of the training and being away from home and very vulnerable and when they have a drill instructor preying on them, it's just presents a horrible situation. I also wonder if any woman recruit was sent home or back in training because they refused the drill instructor's demand for sex.
I am certainly proud that I was in the Air Force and my time at Lackland, but I am disgusted by the behavior of the Air Force and some of their drill instructors. The DI's need more supervision, it appears and that shouldn't have to be if these DI's, who acted, like thugs acted professionally and with honor.
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