US Air Force to add more female trainers
The change came after months of disclosures of sexual misconduct at Lackland Air Force base in Texas.
In the report, Major General Margaret Woodward, Air Force Director of Safety Programs, described a flawed basic training structure that led to the opportunity for abuse of power.
The report was released as the U.S. military is mired in a sex scandal involving David Petraeus, a retired four-star Army general.
Petraeus resigned last week as CIA chief after revelations that he had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, a reserve officer in military intelligence.
The report made 47 recommendations including one, which the Air Force said it will apply, that would require one in four basic training instructors to be a woman.
At present one instructor, usually a staff sergeant, oversees a training unit of some 22 recruits, men and women. In future there would be four instructors overseeing two units, with at least one of them being a woman.
This will require a female target of 25 percent of total (training instructors), the report said.
About 22 percent of the Air Force is female, but many of those women are in specialized technical positions.
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Eleven instructors at Lackland have been charged with offenses ranging from inappropriate behavior to sexual assault.
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