Soldiers and pilots have complained of serious misconduct stemming from a lack of accountability. But when whistleblowers come forward, they are often the ones being punished.
Sgt. Chad Wille thinks he did the right thing.
In 2009, after learning that members of his Arizona National Guard recruiting battalion were shooting homeless people with paintball guns and sexually abusing teenage cadets, he reported misconduct.
Wille’s teammates immediately mount a harassment campaign against him with help from a civilian criminal. Wille’s supervisors, instead of quickly verifying and punishing rogue behavior, opened investigations into him for allegedly violating the chain of command.
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