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05.13.13

Military Investigates Sex Assaults by Recruiters

Positions said to be used as bait for civilians.

Sexual assault is not just limited to misconduct within the military—cases show that recruiters also target the young women they try to enlist. In Alaska this month, a Marine Corps recruiter was convicted of rape but not sentenced to prison. In Texas, an Air Force recruiter next month faces charges of rape and sodomy involving 18 women over three years. The Army Recruiting Command in Fort Knox, Kentucky, has recorded 37 incidents in five years. The Defense Department doesn’t have a standard tracking system, and the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps record incidents separately. Recruits are required to watch videos addressing inappropriate behavior in the military, such as sexting and flirting.