34 Air Force Nuke Officers Cheated on Exam
Cheating scandal is not to be confused with the drug scandal
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2014 3:17 PM CST
In this image released by the U.S. Air Force, a Malmstrom Air Force Base missile-maintenance team removes the upper section of an ICBM.   (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, John Parie)

(Newser) Drug use, cheating on a big exam via phone texts—the allegations sound like run-of-the-mill stuff for your typical high school. Except that in this case, the accused are Air Force officers charged with watching the nation's nuclear arsenal. In the latest round of bad news for the service, the Air Force announced today that 34 officers at a Montana base either cheated on a competency test or didn't report those who did, reports CNN. All have been decertified.

One officer at the Malmstrom Air Force Base texted the answers to a missile-launch test to 16 buddies, reports the Air Force Times. Another 17 officers knew of the cheating but failed to report it. The revelations stem from a separate investigation into the use of narcotics among officers at six different bases. Two lucky officers implicated in the cheating scandal also are implicated in the drug scandal. “This is not about the compromise of nuclear weapons," insists a high-ranking Air Force official. "It’s about compromise of the integrity of some of our airmen."

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Jan 16, 2014 8:52 AM CST
It sounds like the Personnal Reliability Program (PRP) is not being managed like it should. Way back in my day, you could be kicked out of the PRP for just being late on a debt payment, or going to the doc for certain conditions.
Jan 15, 2014 10:07 PM CST
Launch officers have been known, throughout the AF, since the 50's, as the dumbest people ever to wear brass. But CONGRESS has said that only officers can "turn the keys". Virtually all of them have flunked something else -- usually flight school. Missile Combat Crew Commander.......my wrinkled old ass..... Then they go to a school where: 1. Red light flashes.....push red button 2. Blue light flashes.... push blue button Success: banana pellet Failure: electric shock (LO's boots all have a notch over the big toe to connect an electrode) Then these people, if they don't get out of the AF to be cops that taze old ladies, grow up to be the two-star, IN CHARGE OF ALL MISSILES, that just got fired for being a druggie. In the old days, fukkk-ups like this were shot and dumped in a training silo before a test launch. PETA found out and caused us to stop that. Not to worry, however...... The end times are coming......LeMay will return to earth.....
Jan 15, 2014 9:30 PM CST
They didn't cheat in the 1940s :-) Dead on target... no drugs either!