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Army’s Drill Instructor Screening Process Needs Improvement

In a report requested by Army Secretary Togo West of the Army’s sexual misconduct problems, military officials state that the Army does not adequately screen its drill instructors and may need to use psychological tests to determine who should be allowed to oversee recruits. According to a senior military official familiar with the proposals, officers also report that background checks should be extended from three years to five years for potential drill instructors and that there needs to be more training on sexual harassment. The report will be delivered as early as next week to West who ordered the review and recommendations in response to the sexual misconduct scandals at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

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The Nando Net and the Associated Press - June 4, 1997

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