13 discharged from Quantico for cheating
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
Washington Post editors
| June 18, 2010; 11:17 AM ET
Categories: Virginia | Tags: marine corps, quantico base
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