Navy dismisses exam-cheating claims in submarine force

By $content.organization.value.toUpperCase() Published: July 5, 2012

The U.S. Navy has dismissed claims of widespread cheating on training exams in its submarine force, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The inspector general for the Atlantic submarine force said the investigation, which originated in Groton, Conn., revealed that the claims were unsubstantiated, according to AP.

Groton is the home port of the USS Memphis, an attack submarine which lost 10 percent of its crew to disciplinary measures after a cheating ring was discovered in November 2010, according to AP. The Navy also fired its captain.

In the Memphis case, sailors were emailed the answers before qualification tests, took exams without proctors and openly asked officers for answer keys, according to AP.

Former officers said that the cheating was so that sailors on other submarines could pass increasingly difficult training exams that have little bearing on skills sailors actually need, according to AP.

The Navy called the Memphis incident a rare lapse in integrity.

Source: The Associated Press

Line handlers from the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Memphis prepare to moor at Naval Submarine Base New London after a deployment to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility in 2010.


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