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N.C.I.S. probes cheating scandal at Navy’s nuclear training site, Charleston

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Of the 150 “watch-standers” at Charleston, South Carolina's Nuclear Power Training unit, at least two dozen sailors are being looked at by the Navy’s Criminal Investigative Service for cheating on tests “designed to qualify them as instructors.”

Allegations arose Monday after a senior enlisted officer at the Goose Creek facility, northeast of Charleston, “refused to compromise his integrity” and reported the systemic cheating he’d observed on written exams.

Navy officials took immediate action to investigate the allegations.

While the Navy insists the nuclear propulsion test scandal has not compromised “the trigger” on the nation’s nuclear weapons, the nuclear power plant operators who are under suspicion have had their access revoked.

Officials on base have indicated that all personnel involved in the investigation will be re-tested to “validate their knowledge.”

The training reactors where shut down immediately when Navy authorities became aware of the incident.

Identification is required to enter the main facility of the Naval Weapons Station and “high clearance” is needed to enter the nuclear training area on base.

This N.C.I.S. investigation comes hot-on-the-heels of a recent Air Force cheating scandal and allegations of drug possession by Air Force officers.

Examiner’s Note: It’s beginning to look like the United States military has become a training ground for bad behavior and poor ethics. Sex scandals involving officers are a dime a dozen. This week a private defense contractor pleaded guilty to being the “Godfather of Camp Pendleton” in his dealings with military personnel on base. Yesterday, the National Guard was accused of recruiting scandals including kickbacks and bribes. Read more here.

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