Soldiers and airmen have complained about serious misconduct that stems from a lack of accountability. But when whistleblowers come forward, they are often the ones punished.
Sgt. Chad Wille thought he was doing the right thing.
In 2009, after learning that members of his Arizona National Guard recruiting battalion were shooting homeless people with paintballs and sexually abusing teenage cadets, he reported the misconduct.
Wille’s fellow soldiers immediately launched a harassment campaign against him with help from a civilian criminal. Wille’s supervisors, instead of promptly verifying and punishing the rogue behavior, launched investigations of him for allegedly violating the chain of command.
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