Via a reader tip comes news that CSM Teresa King has been reinstated as the commandant of the US Army’s Drill Sergeant School:
The first female boss at the Army’s prestigious drill sergeant school is getting her job back.
Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King took legal action against the service, claiming she was improperly suspended in November because of sexism and racism.
Attorney James Smith said King will be reinstated as commandant at the drill sergeant school at Fort Jackson in south Carolina.
The Associated Press reported Monday that King filed a legal complaint against two of her military superiors and asked that her suspension be reversed.
The attorney says King has been vindicated. He planned a news conference later in the day. [Fox News]
Like I had said before the only things I could see going against her was the fact she never deployed and she had a diploma mill degree. She would not have been removed from her position due to either issue because the people that put her in the commandant position would have already known about it. It appears this is the guy that tried to take her down, another CSM named John Calpena:
Calpena has done this to fellow soldiers before, Smith said. He was especially jealous of King because she was a woman and had not been in combat, the lawyer said.
“He would continue to use these facts as a way to undermine and cultivate others in opposition. He’d say, `I shouldn’t have to work for you. You’re a woman, you’re not combat arms,’ and the fact is, that is not the Army,” Smith said. [Stars & Stripes]
If that is all they had to have her removed she was right to file the lawsuit. However, I would not call this sexism and racism as she is claiming; it appears to be jealously in my opinion that someone who did not deploy received such a prestigious position and all the media attention she got with it. The diploma mill degree complaint was probably thrown in to help remove her but if all NCO’s were removed from their positions for a diploma mill degree then there would be a lot of people losing their positions. Even though she should have probably never have received the position in the first place for not having at least one deployment in 29 years and the diploma mill degrees; her leadership was wrong to remove her if that was all they had on her.