Saturday, December 13, 2008

Sex, lies and basic training at Fort Leonard Wood

Sex, lies and basic training
Drinking parties. Sex in the laundry room. Social dates and text messaging. Sex in a truck. In a bathroom. And in the barracks.
Leonard Wood cases top list of trainee abuse by instructors
By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Dec 13, 2008 7:29:09 EST

Between February 2007 and November 2008, 12 drill sergeants and advanced individual training instructors at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., admitted in court-martial proceedings to having engaged in such forbidden sexual and social relationships with trainees.

Each soldier pleaded guilty to at least one count of violating Regulation 350-6 — wrongfully engaging in a personal and social relationship with a trainee — and dozens of other related offenses on and off post between December 2005 and August 2008.

Fort Leonard Wood officials told Army Times there is “no clear pattern” in the conduct of the cadre over the two and a half years, indicating they all appeared to have acted alone.

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  1. Wow, that's crazy. I went to BCT at Fort Leonardwood, Mo in 2005. I wasn't sexually harrassed by any drill sergeants but I was severely harrassed by other soldiers I was training with. I tried handling the issue myself but it only got worse and more males began to sexually harrasse me. I then told my drill sergeant and he pretty much said it's not worth the process to do a formal complaint. Now, I don't understand why he wouldn't support me but all I know is about 5 months later, I'm getting a general discharge do to PTSD. Pretty messed up that I was the one who had to suffer in the long run.

  2. Kal,
    I am sorry you went through this. It happens more times than you could imagine. It's not new either. I know a lot of Vietnam female veterans it happened to as well.


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