What has been going on at Lackland Air Force Base?
The site of the Air Force’s basic training has been wrapped in scandal since it emerged that twelve instructors are under investigation for inappropriate sexual conduct with female recruits. So far, 31 women have come forward to say they were victimized. Karisa King and Sig Christenson reported on the allegations for the San Antonio Express-News.
“The charges have roiled the Air Force and raised alarms about how pervasive the misconduct might be,” King and Christenson wrote. “Six instructors have been charged so far. Testimony last week provided an indication that the cases will hinge on the question of how much power the instructors wielded over their trainees or whether the young women consented — or were even capable of doing so under the circumstance.”
A full quarter of the instructors from the 331st Training Squadron are under investigation, the AP reported. Only 22 percent of Air Force trainees are female.