Army Disqualifies 588 Soldiers After Sexual Assault Review

Source: Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today

WASHINGTON — The Army has disqualified 588 soldiers as sexual assault counselors, recruiters and drill sergeants for infractions ranging from sexual assault to child abuse to drunken driving, USA TODAY has learned.

The number of disqualified soldiers from what are called “positions of trust” is 10 times higher than the initial number the Army reported last summer after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered that troops in sensitive positions be screened for previous criminal or unethical behavior.

Hagel called for the review after a Pentagon study found troops reported that incidents of unwanted sexual contact had risen 35% from 2010 to 2012.

The Army did not provide figures on how many of the disqualified soldiers have been kicked out of the service or reassigned to other jobs.

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