Check "yes" on any of the 10 boxes the Army has listed for its sexual-assault counselors, recruiters and trainers, and you'll be looking for another line of work.
The Army recently disqualified 55 counselors, recruiters and trainers after re-screening them with the new criteria, as USA TODAY first reported the story earlier this month. The Navy took five sailors off the job, while the Marines and Air Force say their screening found no troops with problems to disqualify them.
A document obtained by the paper details the infractions that will get you kicked out of those sensitive positions in the Army.
Leading the list of offenses, referred to as Type I reports: "ANY CREDIBLE EVIDENCE OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY INVOLVING A SEXUAL HARASSMENT; SEXUAL ASSAULT; FAMILY MEMBER OR CHILD ABUSE; PANDERING; PROSTITUTION; ANY CRIMINAL OFFENSE RELATED TO PORNOGRAPHY, INCEST, BESTIALITY, ADULTERY, SEXUAL ACTIVITY WITH A SUBORDINATE OR FRATERNIZATION, STALKING."
No-brainer disqualifications, really, for somebody charged with preventing sexual assault, counseling victims or working with potentially vulnerable young soldiers. Why they'd have to spell that out is another matter.
Also on the no-go list:
• Court-martial conviction.
• Criminal activity involving drug abuse.
• "CONDUCT IN VIOLATION OF ARMY'S POLICY REGARDING PARTICIPATION IN EXTREMIST ORGANIZATIONS OR ACTIVITIES."
Fair enough. Probably don't want those soldiers anywhere near another service member, not to mention a weapon.
If you've committed an offense in the last five years that lands in the Type II category, you'll need a signed waiver to keep your job.
These include theft (below $100), reckless driving, minor assault.
Add a few of those Type IIs together, and you'll be looking for another military occupation.
The Army has not completed its vetting of 20,000 soldiers screened. It's quite possible more will be disqualified.
The emphasis on character and screening for bad actors took on added urgency this spring. That's when the Pentagon released a report that estimated 26,000 sexual assaults-- from groping to rape -- had occurred in the ranks in 2012. That represented a 35% increase over 2010, prompting the brass to brand sexual assault a crisis.