As reported a couple of weeks ago the US Army reinstated the controversial CSM Teresa King just to remove her:
The Army decided to formally replace its first female drill sergeant commandant, Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King, only days after it lifted a six-month suspension placed on her, according to the Associated Press.
The announcement on Wednesday also said there will be a change of command ceremony the next day at the prestigious Army Drill Sergeants School at Fort Jackson, S.C. [Stars & Stripes]
As I have stated before she probably should have never received the assignment in the first place, but how can she be removed for not deploying and for fake educational degrees when the Army would have known that when they gave her the assignment. With that all said, King has little sympathy from me for her situation after making this statement:
King said she believes the complaints against her came from those who found her too rigid, when she was following instructions to hold drill sergeants to high standards. And criticism that she had never been deployed in combat is unfounded, she said, because she went where the Army sent her. Once, while posted at Fort Bragg with an airborne unit, she was held back from a combat deployment because she was a woman. Instead, she was sent to jobs in Europe and Washington, D.C.
Seriously does King think soldiers are going to believe her statement? The 82nd Airborne regularly deploys with women. She is in a admin MOS and the personnel offices are regularly staffed with females while on deployment for every division in the Army. What probably happened is that she was made the Rear Detachment NCO for whatever unit she was with to look after all the other soldiers that did not deploy for whatever reason. This is something that both men and women get assigned to do. Usually the people left behind are either hurt, have outstanding legal issues, or those assigned to account for property while the unit is away.
It sounds more like King is trying to restore her reputation for a civilian audience that doesn’t know any better. The bottom line is that she had 30 years to volunteer for a deployment and she did not.