Report: Pentagon Fires 60 Troops In Sexual Assault Review

The Defense Department has fired 60 servicemembers who have been serving as sexual assault counselors, recuiters or drill instructors after a sexual assault review ordered by Secretary Chuck Hagel found they committed various offenses ranging from alcohol, child-abuse and sexual assault, USA Today reported Friday.

“We only want the very best to be in these positions of special trust,” said George Wright, an Army spokesman. “The steps we are taking are in keeping with our commitment to maintaining the special bonds of trust and confidence between the leader and his or her soldiers.”

It’s unclear whether the servicemembers may still serve in other positions or if they’ve been permanently discharged, according to USA Today.

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