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    Catcalling, Racist Comments, Burnout: Alaska Troops Eyed as Prestigious Arctic Force Face Problems in First Year of Service

    Catcalling, Racist Comments, Burnout: Alaska Troops Eyed as Prestigious Arctic Force Face Problems in First Year of Service

    The redesignated its Alaska as the 11th Airborne Division in the summer of 2022, with top brass hoping the rebranding would be part of a shift toward a prestigious fighting force — the so-called tip of the spear in the Pacific.

    But a year later, soldiers are reporting sexual harassment and a raft of other problems.

    An internal Army assessment conducted in recent weeks on the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 11th Airborne Division, that was reviewed by .com also found a culture of inappropriate joking and behavior that included sexist or racist remarks, evidence of rampant alcohol abuse, and a pace of training missions that was overwhelming leaders and junior soldiers.

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    The Army's relatively Cohesion Assistance Team, or CAT, produced the review. That team is tasked with reviewing the culture of units by pulling data such as retention rates, reviewing command climate surveys, and conducting surveys and interviews with soldiers in groups and one-on-one, as well as providing plans to commanders to address any issues that are found. The teams were previously known as Cohesion Assessment Teams.

    The findings show that the brigade is struggling with many of the same issues found in units across the Army, with some problems such as drinking and high-tempo operations being exacerbated by its location in…

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