Thirteen junior officers were kicked out of the Marine Corps last week after officials uncovered widespread cheating on a land navigation exam.
All 13 were students at The Basic School aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., a six-month boot camp for newly commissioned officers. Eight men — including two former football players from the Naval Academy — and five women were administratively discharged May 20 for allegedly using cheat sheets last fall to help them locate boxes stashed in the woods aboard the base, Marine officials said. Two of the 13 officers were prior enlisted Marines.
Stars & Stripes reports a piece of good news:
While anti-base protesters often complain about crimes that U.S. servicemembers commit here, recently released police statistics for 2009 show arrests of SOFA personnel dropped nearly 21 percent from the previous year.
An Army officer has been charged with premeditated murder in the death ofhis wife of 10 years, who was shot May 15 in their residence at the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse.
Kelly’s case now goes to an Article 32 hearing[.]
Cadet Kyle Newman will be tried by general court-martial today on two charges of rape stemming from incidents last October at West Point and in January 2009 in neighboring Highland Falls.