A new report out shows the the amount of soldiers being kicked out due to misconduct has seen a sharp increase over the past few years. According to the results, three times as many officers have been fired this year than three years ago. Also, the number of those enlisted getting fired for misconduct has also seen a sharp increase.
The number of soldiers in the U.S. Army who have been dismissed because of crimes or misconduct has doubled within the space of six years, reflecting the toll that long and repeated deployments have taken on American troops.
The number of enlisted soldiers forced out of the Army for drugs, alcohol, crimes and other misconduct soared from 5,600 at the peak of the Iraq war in 2007 to more than 11,000 last year, while the number of officers who left tripled to 387 last year, reports the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, the number of Navy sailors, Marines, and Air Force service members dismissed for misconduct has remained relatively constant or declined.