U.S. Air Force Considers Training Changes After Sex Scandal | Reuters | Jim Forsyth | 7/7/12

English: Four military training instructors ke...

English: Four military training instructors keep a close eye on a formation of new recruits at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Military training instructors now conduct an extended basic training program that runs eight-and-a-half weeks, two weeks longer than the previous program. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force is considering whether to revamp basic training for recruits, including separate training for women and men, following the worst U.S. military sex scandal in 16 years involving a dozen male drill sergeants accused of abusing women and are under investigation for seeking sexual favors from female Air Force trainees. The investigation so far has identified 31 victims of abuse by the trainers.

The 12 accused men are military training instructors at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, the home of all Air Force basic training.  Six instructors have been referred to court martial on charges ranging from attempting to have a sexual relationship with a recruit to adultery and aggravated sexual assault.

The first of the court martials begins on July 16, when Sergeant Luis Walker will face several counts of aggravated sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, having an unprofessional relationship, adultery and obstructing justice. If found guilty, he could face life in prison.

In the Air Force, women and men serve together in units, known as training flights, and they live either in separate barracks or across the hall from male trainees, with separate bathing and sleeping areas.

For full article see: U.S. Air Force considers training changes after sex scandal | Reuters.

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