US Air Force to add more female trainers

Nov 15 2012, 10:27 IST
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SummaryThe change came after months of disclosures of sexual misconduct at Lackland Air Force base in Texas.

segregating men and women in basic training.

The team concluded that integrated training remains the best option for the Air Force, said General Edward Rice, commander of Air Force Basic Training. I support this finding, which is consistent with the principle of training the way we fight together as airmen.

The report also recommended shortening the length of basic training by a week to 7-1/2 weeks to reduce the opportunity for improper relationships to grow.

The Air Force said the length of basic training is under review but a decision on that will come later.

Other recommendations included shortening the length of time a trainer can remain in that post to three years, establishing a female mentor position in basic training, eliminating closed-door counseling and prohibiting instructors from handling the cell phones of trainees.

Sexual attraction, power, and money are three of the most corruptive elements of the human condition, and two of these are present in the (training) environment, Rice said.

If we do not take steps to address these corruptive elements persistently and positively, we will find ourselves in the same situation at some point down the road.

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