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Sex Scandal Leads To Reform At Lackland Air Force Base

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The U.S. Air Force announces it is changing how it selects officers and instructors who train new recruits after a sex scandal at its training headquarters at Lackland Air Force base near San Antonio.  Mike Barajas reports:

All U.S. air recruits report to Lackland for basic training. It has about 500 instructors for about 35-thousand airmen who graduate every year. While one in five recruits are women, most instructors are men.

The commander in charge of training says there will be an expanded leadership orientation course that will place additional emphasis on the potential for abuse of power, sexual assault, unprofessional relationships, and mistreatment.

There will also be a new Military Training Oversight Council to make sure reforms are implemented and maintained.

 

The reforms come after dozens of female recruits said they were improperly approached, sexually harassed or raped by male instructors.

 

A military investigation concluded that 23 instructors engaged in inappropriate or coercive sexual relationships with 48 recruits at Lackland Air Force base near San Antonio.

 

Five people have been convicted in court martials on charges ranging from adultery to rape. Another person received administrative punishment, and additional instructors still could face criminal charges.

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