D.I.s were gods…

A recent sex scandal at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas has me remembering my basic training days near San Antonio. We slept in a barracks bay with our bunks stacked side by side. There were no women in our flights. My guess is that today with the gender integrated training, the women and men must have separate sleeping facilities. However, the tough training by D.I.s (Drill Instructors)should be similar. Whatever the D.I.s commanded, we did without question. They were like gods in our basic-training world.. So it’s not surprising that an Air Force investigation revealed that dozens of female recruits were improperly approached, sexually harassed or raped by male D.I.s. The “top brass” is blaming “bad instructors who took advantage of a weak oversight system and the officers who did not adequately supervise them.” The Air Force has vowed to fix the system. Perhaps they should start by emphasizing to recruits and D.I.s that the D.I.s are not gods.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: