first published on September 6, 2018 by Josh
We all knew that this was going to happen eventually. Integrated infantry units comprised of both male and female service members have been a thing for a minute now. To the credit of the United States Army, and the United States Marine Corps, there hasn’t been any major incidents until right now. B Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina has just had an incident that ended in the punishment of a company First Sergeant, and one of the first Privates in the United States Army to complete Infantry Training and be integrated into an operating Infantry unit.
Sgt. 1st Class Chase Usher was administratively punished for having an affair with a female private in his unit. The female was also administratively punished, and both service members still continue to serve in the same unit. The Sergeant First Class has been relieved of his position, and moved to another subordinate unit inside of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, where he now acts in a staff role. “Disciplinary action deemed appropriate by the chain of command was taken against both individuals and has been completed,” Lt. Col. Ramon Osorio, the division spokesman, said to the Army Times. “Both continue to serve within the division, however, the first sergeant was relieved of his position and currently serves on the staff of a different unit.”
While the on-going affair between the Sgt 1st Class and the Private apparently showed zero signs of favoritism within the unit, it did of course bring up questions about the leadership from subordinates inside of the company. When soldiers see fraternization between senior and subordinate members of their unit it brings up doubts within the unit, and fosters an un-cohesive environment for training and operations. The affair was first brought to light when the popular Facebook page U.S. Army W.T.F.! Moments contacted the 82nd’s leadership with an image of the two fraternizing at a Pub in Fayetteville, which quickly made its rounds throughout the entire unit.
You can read more about the story on the Army Times web page at this link.