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Air Force cheating scandal: Nuke officer cheating scandal expands at Air Force

A huge Air Force cheating scandal has been revealed at Malmstrom Air Force Base.
A huge Air Force cheating scandal has been revealed at Malmstrom Air Force Base.
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Air Force cheating scandal news has gotten worse as 92 people have been implicated now. The shocking Air Force cheating scandal has taken place at the Malmstrom Base in Montana and information continues to come out during an investigation. According to a report from the Seattle Times on Thursday (Jan. 30), the nefarious activity has been taking place on the monthly proficiency tests that the military's nuclear missile corps has to go through.

Secretary Deborah Lee stated that roughly half of the 183 missile launch officers have been involved in this controversy. That's a staggering number, possibly spurred on by the pressure that they are put under to get perfect scores every time they take the tests. All 92 officers have been decertified and suspended while an investigation is undertaken, forcing more hardships on those people that weren't involved in it. This will place 10 24-hour shifts on current launch operators each month, where it is usually eight when fully staffed.

Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, who heads Global Strike Command, weighed in on his opinion of what has taken place in this Air Force cheating scandal. He stated, "These tests have taken on, in their eyes, such high importance, that they feel that anything less than 100 could well put their entire career in jeopardy. They have come to believe that these tests are make-it-or-break-it." It is worth noting that they only need to score 90 or above to pass the tests.

Malmstrom Air Force Base is responsible for 150 Minuteman 3 nuclear missiles, or one-third of the entire Minuteman 3 force.

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