A Ranger School commander was suspended in January amid an investigation into his conduct over online dating.
Lt. Col. Nathan E. Showman was suspended Jan. 26 from his position as commander of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion at Camp Merrill in Dahlonega, Georgia, according to a service spokesperson. The suspension was first reported by Army Times.
The investigation is related to Showman's use of a dating profile and subsequent consensual relationships, according to his attorney.
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“This investigation in no way is accusing [Lt. Col.] Showman of sexual harassment or any similarly related allegation,” Robert Capovilla, with the Capovilla & Williams law firm, told Military.com. “Rather, it appears the Army is attacking a single, heterosexual man, and his desire to have a dating profile and to have consensual dating relationships with other adults.”
It's unclear whether Showman had relationships with other soldiers, which could have potentially violated some of the Army's fraternization rules, but Capovilla said the relationships were not with subordinates.
“We are confident in [Lt. Col.] Showman's ability to continue to lead and continue to be a successful officer in the United States Army,” Capovilla added.
Showman took command of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion in April 2023. The Army's installation in Dahlonega is home to the…