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The Air Force is currently investigating a sexual harassment scandal in its basic-training operations, after a dozen male boot-camp instructors have been suspected of sexually assaulting female recruits.
The case follows a complaint last year filed by a woman at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. The harassment has grown to potentially become the worst sexual harassment scandal in the U.S. military since 1996, when 12 male soldiers were charged with abusing female recruits and trainees at the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
Nearly one-quarter of the instructors in the 331st Training Squadron have either been charged with sexual crimes or are under investigation.
Senior Air Force officials said they have found incidents of sexual harassment in other units, leading them to open multiple sexual harassment and wonder whether the Air Force’s process for selecting male instructors is flawed.
“We are leaving no stone unturned,” said Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., the Air Force’s commander of training and education. “I am being as aggressive as I can.”
The Air Force has appointed a two-star general to investigate the Lackland boot camp and other training centers to determine if they have suffered from “systemic issues” related to sexual abuse and misconduct.
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