Army lifts suspension on female boss of drill sergeants

By Published: May 5, 2012

The Army has lifted the suspension imposed last year on the first woman to command the Army Drill Sergeants School at Fort Jackson, S.C., the Army Times reports.

Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King returned to her job with the Training and Doctrine Command on Friday. King's tenure isn't expected to last much longer because her successor is due to take charge May 17, according to the Army Times' story.

On Monday, King's attorney filed on her behalf a legal complaint with the Army seeking her reinstatement. King also reportedly has asked two South Carolina Congressmen to investigate her case, allegeding her suspension was the result of racism, sexism and discrimination based on her lack of a combat deployment.

King's attorney, James Smith, said the Army has not yet specified why King was suspended, beyond a general statement that it involved her conduct. Sgt. Maj. Robert Maggard, who served as deputy commandant of the school under King, reportedly witnessed incidents of sexism directed at her.

The suspension was lifted by Maj. Gen. Bradley W. May, deputy commanding general of the Initial Military Training Center of Excellence.

Source: Army Times

Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King.


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