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CSM Teresa King Says She Is Victim of Sexism and Racism Campaign

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The story about the removal of CSM Teresa King as the Commandant of the US Army’s Drill Sergeant School has taken a predictable turn:

The first woman to command the Army’s drill sergeant training took legal action Monday to reclaim her job, alleging she was improperly suspended last year because of sexism and racism and demanding that two of her superiors be investigated for abuse of their authority.

Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King still does not know what exactly her superiors were investigating when they suspended her Nov. 29, according to her attorney, James Smith. He said the Army has declined to say specifically what it was looking into, beyond a general statement that it involved her conduct.

Smith on Monday filed a legal complaint with the Army against two of King’s superiors, and wants to have King reinstated to her position. Smith is also asking South Carolina’s two senior members of Congress, Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. James Clyburn, for a congressional probe of King’s treatment.

Army officials said they wanted to study the complaint first before commenting.  [Associated Press]

You can read the rest at the link but there are claims that during meetings people were making sexist comments and disrespecting her which I find hard to believe that someone in her position would let people get away with.  All the criticism I have been reading about her has been about her diploma mill degree and the fact she has never deployed in 29 years and yet received the commandant assignment.

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  • Dreamboat Annie
    2:38 pm on May 1st, 2012 1

    Zero deployments in 29 years? Wow. How is that even possible given all that’s happened over the past decade?

  • Maj.America
    3:21 pm on May 1st, 2012 2

    There are tons of Senior NCO’s and Field Grade officers and above that have never deployed, so it definitely cannot be that. I knew a CSM that retired in 2010 and spent 30 years in the Army, and spent the last 12 years of his career jumping from post to post in Korea. Never deployed! I am really curious to know exactly what she did to be suspended. This has been going on for several months now, and you would think some more details should have come out by now. If it was simply a diploma mill thing it would seem to be cut and dry.

  • Tom Langley
    4:44 pm on May 1st, 2012 3

    Maj America, there may be tons of senior NCO’S & Field Grade & above commissioned officers who never deployed (Do you think that any of them gamed the system Major?) but in the case of CSM King why did SHE get appointed commandant of the US Army Drill Sergeant School when there are CSM’S who WERE deployed, in some cases numerous times, did not receive this appointment? I am not making an accusation since I don’t know the facts but I AM asking a question. Since the purpose of the Army & the other branches of the military is to defend US interests by going to different places & killing bad guys & breaking things, I wonder why a soldier who has not done any of this should be in charge of a school that teaches drill sergeants how to teach soldiers how to kill people & break things?

  • guitard
    5:32 pm on May 1st, 2012 4

    There are some out there – you can find them if you look hard. But probably less than 5% of the CSMs and field grades currently on active duty have never deployed to the desert.

  • Leon LaPorte
    5:54 pm on May 1st, 2012 5

    I am shocked, SHOCKED, by these allegations! How could this happen?

  • Leon LaPorte
    5:55 pm on May 1st, 2012 6

    (Damn ENTER button.)

    Racism and sexism in the Army? This fine example of Army Values, and everything a soldier should be and strive for, has been railroaded. It’s not fair!

  • Chemlightbatteries
    6:18 pm on May 1st, 2012 7

    As if we don’t already know lol.

  • Tom
    7:10 pm on May 1st, 2012 8

    Racism in America? I thought it was only in Korea?

  • kushibo
    8:58 pm on May 1st, 2012 9

    Tom, I think they’re trying to make the point that this is not a case of racism.

    Or rather, it could be, but since racism and sexism are the fallback claims of incompetent people, or so the claim is made, it’s impossible to tell.

  • Sam
    4:02 am on May 2nd, 2012 10

    I’m not suprised because the only reason anything bad ever happens to non-whites and women is because of the evil white man’s oppression. :roll:

    Must be nice going through life with a built-in excuse for everything.

  • Glans
    4:11 am on May 2nd, 2012 11

    If she hasn’t been told why she was suspended and what she’s being investigated for, she should be.

  • Chemlightbatteries
    10:03 am on May 2nd, 2012 12

    @Glan, she could be fibbing about not knowing why she is being investigated.

  • Chemlightbatteries
    10:05 am on May 2nd, 2012 13

    @Tom oh you didn’t know? Racism is a worldwide phenomenon. ;-)

  • JoeC
    5:06 pm on May 3rd, 2012 14

    I bet whatever reasons she was removed had nothing to do with the sources of her degrees or lack of deployments.

    Maggard said that even though only one former commandant of the drill sergeant school out of about a half dozen had been deployed to a combat zone in the past, much was made of the fact that King had not been deployed in combat.

    I agree with Glans @11. If, after 5 months, she still hasn’t gotten an official statement on why she was removed, it’s understandable that she would wander into these ulterior motives. Just as everyone else here has to rely on speculation in the absence of an official explanation.

  • setnaffa
    5:21 pm on May 3rd, 2012 15

    If only she was a man who looked like one of Obama’s sons… :roll:

  • Vince
    4:22 pm on May 4th, 2012 16

    It’s over – Justice has prevailed!

  • kushibo
    4:40 pm on May 4th, 2012 17

    setnaffa wrote:

    If only she was a man who looked like one of Obama’s sons…

    You’re saying you want her shadowed and then shot for looking like she’s up to no good? Harsh. :roll:

  • JoeC
    5:04 pm on May 4th, 2012 18


    It shouldn’t end there.

    The Army must still be made to explain what they were investigating and what they found. Just reinstating her after 5 months without explanation still leaves a cloud over her reputation.

  • Vince
    5:24 pm on May 4th, 2012 19

    17- In many places, His Holy and Blameless Sons have taken over completely.

    A good many of these Holy and Blameless Sons of The One should not only be handled the same way, those who do the handling should be given tax credits- regardless of their political affiliation or pigmentation.

    I would imagine someone facing this would know how the British Soldiers felt facing
    the Zulus.

    Hate away. Facts be facts.

  • Ole Tanker
    7:47 pm on May 4th, 2012 20

    It’s not too late.

    CSM King can still get a tour in Afghanistan.

    Let us start a movement to that end.

    At least ONE tour in a FOB, no real danger, little gurl. :cool:

  • Vince
    2:42 am on May 5th, 2012 21

    Do we REALLY want another entitled SGM/CSM strutting around a FOB causing more idiocy than we already have there?

  • Glans
    2:56 am on May 5th, 2012 22

    Ole Tanker and Vince both raise good points. Since she trains soldiers, she really ought to do some soldierly work. Maybe she could hunt for Kony.

  • OleTanker
    7:49 pm on May 6th, 2012 23

    #21, What would one more turd hurt in the FOB pot?

    Also it would be easy for Queen King to arrange getting a CAB! How many have already been awarded undeserved? Disrespecting those brave souls who HAVE earned it legitimately!

  • Chris In Dallas
    4:53 am on May 7th, 2012 24

    14: Oh come on! That quote is from a reporter who likely knows little about the military paraphrasing a King partisan. I suspect the active definition of “combat zone” here is being with a grunt unit with bullets flying. I bet if we had pics of these former Commandants, many/all would have combat patches. CSM King is an AG/admin clerk. I seriously doubt many expect her to have inserted with Delta Force. But is it unreasonable to wonder why she didn’t do some FOB time?

  • Ole Tanker
    7:14 am on May 7th, 2012 25

    Just to dangle another apple for King. With her connections if she did 8+ mo in a FOB she is a shoe in for a Bronze Star!

    What a way to end a stellar career, OR better yet get SMA!!! :cool:

  • Chris In Dallas
    8:04 am on May 7th, 2012 26

    Ole Tanker, I suppose CSM King was not gunning for the SMA slot. A BSM and sandbox time would have been quite helpful there.

    I’ll give King some credit here. I looked at her bio and saw she logged in some time in Germany and Korea. I’ve known high level female Soldiers who haven’t even done this.

    There was a girl a year behind me in ROTC. To the best of my knowledge, she never went overseas for any reason. Didn’t even have FORSCOM assignments! Spent the majority of her time at FT Jackson where she didn’t even go to the field unless you want to count the BCT camping trips. Despite that, her status was never in doubt.

    I knew a less fortunate female Captain who got stuck with a Support Battalion HHC command. But she made the best of it. Never did PT with the troops, ran her job as a 9-5 affair and always found a way to stay out of the field. Her Battalion Commander finally pressured her into an on post field exercise but she went on sick call and got on profile before 100 hours went by. Despite this, I saw her leave her change of command ceremony with a MSM pinned to her BDU jacket and orders to a nice follow on assignment in her back pocket.

    I wonder what would have happened if I had tried to pull of these things. Somehow, I doubt it would have gone over so well.

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