Post by Dex on Apr 6, 2019 10:55:59 GMT -5
British Army chief condemns 'unacceptable' behavior after six troops arrested over sex assault
The chief of the British Army has attacked the "downright unacceptable" behavior of soldiers after recent allegations -- including claims of sexual assault -- raised questions over troops' conduct.
"This hasn't been a good week for the Army -- it's damaged our reputation," Chief of the General Staff Mark Carleton-Smith acknowledged in an extraordinary video statement released on Saturday.
It came hours after a report in The Sun newspaper alleged that a female soldier was sexually abused while she slept by six army members. Six soldiers have been arrested, the Press Association reported.
Separately, on Wednesday, the Army announced it had opened an investigation after a video apparently showing serving soldiers firing handguns at a picture of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn went viral.
"Over the last few days, a series of exceptionally serious allegations have been made against soldiers currently serving in the British Army," Carleton-Smith said in the rare public intervention, adding the claims demonstrate "indiscipline that is wildly at odds with the values and the standards that represent the fabric of not just our Army, but the nation's Army."
"Not only is it downright acceptable, it's illegal," he added. "This is everyone's business. This is about who we are as professional soldiers."
The incidents are under active investigation by the police, he confirmed.
"The British soldier is known for many things -- stoicism, a sense of honor and duty, courage, a sense of humor, and an honest sense of decency." Carleton-Smith went on. "Any behavior that falls short of that high standard, we cannot and we will not tolerate."