This article is from the archive of our partner. In what's probably the worst sex assault scandal in the U. Lackland, Whitlock explains, "has snowballed into potentially the worst sex scandal in the U.
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The change came after months of disclosures of sexual misconduct at Lackland Air Force base in Texas. The report was released as the U. Petraeus resigned last week as CIA chief after revelations that he had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, a reserve officer in military intelligence. The report made 47 recommendations including one, which the Air Force said it will apply, that would require one in four basic training instructors to be a woman. At present one instructor, usually a staff sergeant, oversees a training unit of some 22 recruits, men and women. In future there would be four instructors overseeing two units, with at least one of them being a woman. About 22 percent of the Air Force is female, but many of those women are in specialized technical positions. Eleven instructors at Lackland have been charged with offenses ranging from inappropriate behavior to sexual assault.
Dozens of young female cadets were the victims of sexual misconduct by their basic training instructors. In response, the Air Force is considering using more, or only, women to train women. June 28, In the wake of a wide-ranging sex scandal in which dozens of young female Air Force cadets were victims of sexual misconduct on the part of their basic training instructors, senior US military officials are considering putting new female recruits under the sole supervision of female basic training instructors. Short of new female recruits only having female instructors, the Air Force is also weighing the possibility of simply hiring more female trainers, he added in a Pentagon briefing Wednesday. These possible measures are the result of soul-searching among Air Force officials, who are currently investigating a dozen US military trainers at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas for sexual misconduct involving dozens of young recruits, all of whom were female. It was in June, that the first female cadet came forward to report sexual assault by a trainer. At least one of those MTIs was a woman, Rice said. The Air Force also tried something it had never before done: It halted basic training for a day to discuss sexual assault with both new recruits and instructors.
The case originated with a single complaint filed a year ago by a woman at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. It has snowballed into potentially the worst sex scandal in the U. The Air Force investigation centers on a unit of boot-camp instructors at Lackland, near San Antonio, where 36, recruits undergo basic training each year. About one-quarter of the instructors in the st Training Squadron have either been charged with crimes or are under investigation for sexual misconduct. One trainer has been charged with raping or sexually assaulting 10 recruits. Rice was in Washington to brief lawmakers and senior Pentagon leaders on the status of the investigations. Even as more women fill its ranks, the U. Despite numerous high-profile education campaigns and directives from the Pentagon, military officials acknowledge that a culture persists in which victims are reluctant to report abuse. Last year, about 3, incidents of sexual assault were reported or investigated by the armed services — a fraction of the estimated 19, cases that took place, according to Defense Department figures. To address the problem, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in April announced several policies designed to encourage victims to come forward and to require that all sexual-assault complaints be investigated by senior officers.