Army Finds ‘Major Flaws’ at Fort Hood; 14 Officials Disciplined

New York Times

December 8, 2020

By Sarah Mervosh and John Ismay

Several officials were fired or suspended after an investigation into the culture at Fort Hood in Texas. Women were “preyed upon” but afraid to report sexual harassment, investigators found.

More than a dozen Army officials have been fired or suspended as part of a sweeping investigation into the climate and culture at Fort Hood, a sprawling military base in Texas that has been rocked by a series of violent deaths, suicides and complaints of sexual harassment.

The investigation released on Tuesday found “major flaws” at Fort Hood and a command climate “that was permissive of sexual harassment and sexual assault,” said Ryan D. McCarthy, the secretary of the Army.

“Unfortunately, a ‘business as usual’ approach was taken by Fort Hood leadership causing female soldiers, particularly, in the combat brigades, to slip into survival mode,” the report said, where they were “vulnerable and preyed upon, but fearful to report and be ostracized and re-victimized.”

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