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Monday, August 14, 2006

Military recruitment violations increasing

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2006 at 9:42 AM

U.S. Reps. Vic Snyder and Pete Stark today released a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office showing "significant increases in the number of alleged, substantiated, and criminal violations by military recruiters."

It's the third time the GAO has issued a report on the subject, and each time the results have been similar. The GAO also noted that the Defense Dept. does not have an adequate system to account for recruiting violations. According to the report, the department is "not in a sound position to assure the general public that it knows the full extent to which recruiter irregularities are occurring."

"Our all-volunteer military depends on successfully recruiting quality people," Snyder said in a press release. "The GAO conclusions point once again to the need for continued Congressional oversight by the House Armed Services Committee."

Snyder is the ranking member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel.

More findings from the report after the jump.

Specifically, GAO finds:

• Between fiscal years 2004 and 2005, allegations of recruiter wrongdoing increased by 50%, substantiated cases increased by more than 50%, and criminal violations, such as sexual harassment and falsifying documents, increased by more than 100%.  These are conservative estimates as GAO also finds that because the services fail to track all allegations of recruiter wrongdoing, “service data likely underestimate the true number of recruiter irregularities.”

• Nearly five percent of non-supervisory recruiters would have been found to have committed a substantiated violation – if each recruiter who committed a violation in fiscal year 2005 had committed only a single violation.

• DOD has not established oversight guidelines requiring the services to maintain and report data on recruiter violations. As a result, the services use multiple, decentralized, and non-integrated systems for identifying and tracking violations.

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