Courts martial expected to take place in Germany

May 7, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Courts Martial dates for three Soldiers allegedly involved in “hazing” while serving in Kosovo have not been set yet, but are expected to take place in the next few months in Germany.

Between December 2011 and January 2012, Soldiers assigned to a National Guard Company deployed to Kosovo in support of operations were involved in these incidents.  An investigation was conducted by US Army, Europe in coordination with the Multinational Battle Group-East (MBG-E), which implicated Soldiers of various ranks of unprofessional and illegal conduct.

These incidents involved the use of racial slurs, sexual harassment and forcing Soldiers to perform excessive repetitions of physical exercises. 

The three Soldiers facing courts martial—a First Sergeant, a Staff Sergeant, and a Sergeant—may face discharge from the military, reduction in rank, confinement, loss of pay, or a combination of the above.

Four other Soldiers have already received non-judicial punishment from the Commanding General, 21st TSC, for their involvement in various acts.   Two other Soldiers received non-judicial punishment from their Brigade Commander, and several other Soldiers received letters of reprimand.  Several Soldiers who were also under investigation have been cleared of culpability.

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