One in every THREE U.S. military commanders was fired because of sexual misconduct
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 11:46 EST, 20 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:54 EST, 20 January 2013
At least 30 per cent of military commanders fired over the past eight years lost their jobs because of sexually related offenses, including harassment, adultery, and improper relationships.
The figures follow growing concerns by Defense Department and military leaders over declining ethical values among U.S. forces.
They also highlight the pervasiveness of a problem that came into sharp relief because of the resignation of one of the Army's most esteemed generals, David Petraeus, and the investigation of a second general, John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.
The statistics from all four military services show that adulterous affairs are more than a four-star foible.
From sexual assault and harassment to pornography, drugs and drinking, ethical lapses are an escalating problem for the military's leaders.
With all those offenses taken together, more than 4 in every 10 commanders at the rank of lieutenant colonel or above who were fired fell as a result of behavioral stumbles since 2005.
The latest to take such a fall from grace is Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, fired from his command in Afghanistan last May and now facing a court-martial on charges of sodomy, adultery and pornography and more, is just one in a long line of commanders whose careers were ended because of possible sexual misconduct.
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