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Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 06/18/2010

13 discharged from Quantico for cheating

By Washington Post editors

Thirteen junior officers -- eight men and five women -- have been discharged from the Marine Corps after officials at the base at Quantico found they cheated on a test last September, officials confirmed Friday.

Base spokesman Lt. Col. Roger Galbraith said that the cheating was discovered last fall. Officials conducted an inquiry and the decision to fire the officers was finalized last week.

The soldiers -- participants in a six-month training course for new officers -- were sent with a map and compass to the wooded area on the base and instructed to write down numbers painted on boxes left there. The alleged cheaters wrote down numbers from the previous year's test, Galbraith said.

According to an article in the Marine Corps Times, which broke the story, two of the officers were former football players from the Naval Academy in Annapolis. One former football player, 2nd Lt. Adam Ballard, told the Times that he was one of the fired officers and that the cheating "was more widespread than the Corps wants people to believe."

-- Annie Gowen

By Washington Post editors  | June 18, 2010; 11:17 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  marine corps, quantico base  
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Coverup? At Quantico??

Noooo, couldn't be...

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 18, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Idiots, must have been some rear echelon POG's not giving a crap about survival if their shiny little GPS broke.

My Lt. always told me to use the technology at hand but never EVER rely on it, always know how to utilize it's backup i.e a compass and a map.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | June 18, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Ballard wouldn't accept blame. No honor. I think it was having to use a map that threw them. What? No electronics! Okay, I'll just cheat.

Posted by: jckdoors | June 18, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

This appears to be what happens when you start lowering the standards at the academies. Sad. And I agree: technology is making a lot of smart people really dumb.

Posted by: JorgeGortex | June 18, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Two were former football player's at the Naval Academy = code for they never should have been admitted but got in and were kept in because Navy alumni want a winning football team.
And cheating is more wide spread in the Corps than people want to believe- No, we believe that cheating exists. You were all just really stupid beyond the pale not to learn how to use a compass and map!!... and you don't deserve to be in the service !

Posted by: lsf07 | June 18, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse


Did you say "soldiers" Ms. Gowen?!

Those "soldiers" (cheaters or not) were MARINE Officers!

Yet another WaPo reporter who knows abbsolutely NOTHING about the military!

Semper Fi !

Posted by: fizzlechip | June 18, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse


Concur. Also, commissioned officers cannot be "discharged." They are dismissed. Not that a civilian reporter covering the military would know the difference.

Posted by: hisroc | June 18, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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