Drill sergeants suspended for alleged sexual assault

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The Army has suspended several drill sergeants for sexual misconduct at the Fort Bennington training base in Georgia.

A female trainee accused a drill sergeant of sexual misconduct, that then expanded after the allegation revealed additional possible sexual misconduct involving both trainees and drill sergeants, the army said in a statement.

The army did not disclose how many drill sergeants were under investigation however, they did advise that they're taking these allegations very seriously.

"We will ensure a full and thorough investigation of the facts," the statement said.

The drill sergeants have been suspended from their duties and will have no contact with trainees during the course of the investigation. Army officials declined to release any further information pertaining to these allegations.

This case brings a negative light against drill sergeants and instructors in the U.S. Military because trainees have little authority or right when they're transitioning to service life. 

Back in June 2017 the U.S Marine Corps faced allegations of abuse at Parris Island, a boot camp in S.C.  The allegations stemmed from a battalion commander who faced charges that included failure to bench a drill instructor who was under investigation for allegedly hazing a Muslim recruit back in 2015.

Also, back in May of this year the U.S. military came under scrutiny after a scandal involving Marines sharing nude photos. 

Senator Kristen Gillibrand said in a statement to NBC News in May 2017 "The truth is that the scourge of sexual assault in the military remains status quo." 

And with the current suspension of the several drill sergeants at Fort Bennington, it's obvious that the fight to end sexual assault, harassment and any other forms of misconduct in the military, is far from being over.