The Army cannot confirm how many are under investigation

A group of Fort Benning, Georgia, drill sergeants has been suspended amid an investigation into multiple sexual assault allegations, a Fort Benning spokesman confirmed to Army Times on Wednesday.

What started out as a single report from one trainee has ballooned, according to a release from the Maneuver Center of Excellence. The story was first reported by U.S. Army W.T.F.! Moments on Tuesday  night.

"Initial review of this incident revealed indications of additional allegations of sexual misconduct involving trainees and drill sergeants,” the release said.

Fort Benning’s 198th Infantry Brigade, a one station unit training organization, began accepting female recruits earlier this year.

Its first integrated class, including 18 women, graduated in May.

Fort Benning spokesman Ben Garrett declined to specify how many women had made allegations against what number of drill sergeants over what period of time, citing the ongoing investigation.

“The drill sergeants have been suspended from drill sergeant duties, and will have no contact with trainees during the course of the investigation,” the release said.

Counseling, medical and legal services have also been offered to the trainees involved, the release said.

Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at Military Times. She covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other issues affecting service members.

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