A U.S. Army drill sergeant at Fort Benning is on suspension pending an investigation into an alleged assault in an incident with a trainee caught on video.
A video first shared to Twitter and Facebook by U.S. Army WTF! Moments shows what appears to be U.S. Army trainees during basic training inside barracks when a confrontation took place between one trainee and a drill sergeant.
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One trainee is overheard remarking, “‘F—ing ho’, n—-,” seemingly directed at a drill sergeant giving orders.
The drill sergeant, who is seen wearing a neon vest, confronts the trainee. The two placed their hands on one another in an altercation, and the trainee was pushed back against the lockers as the exchange continued.
“Get back, yes, I’m from the f—— ho’. You have a f—— problem?” the drill sergeant says.
The drill sergeant eventually steps back as numerous trainees step between them and attempt to restrain and calm the disgruntled trainee.
Fort Benning spokesman Ben Garrett confirmed to Business Insider that the incident was under investigation by military police and the brigade command, and the drill sergeant was “suspended pending the outcome.”
“The language used and behavior portrayed in the video posted to online social media platforms are not consistent with US Army Values of treating all with dignity and respect,” Garrett said in a statement to Business Insider.
Fort Benning previously suspended multiple drill sergeants in 2017 amid sexual assault allegations.
At the time, a female trainee made an allegation of sexual assault against a drill sergeant, prompting an investigation. The probe revealed other sexual misconduct incidents, and the investigation was expanded under the arm of the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command.
“There is no place for sexual harassment or sexual assault in our Army,” said a Fort Benning statement reported by Reuters.