The Army has lifted the suspension that removed the first female commandant of the Army Drill Sergeants School at Fort Jackson, S.C. five months ago.
Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King was allowed back into the job as of Friday — but only for a few days, Army officials said. Her replacement is scheduled to be take over on May 17.
King was suspended Nov. 29 while officials with Training and Doctrine Command investigated her handling of the job overseeing all the schools that train drill sergeants.
The Army never explained why King was suspended.
This is piss poor. If CSM King’s leadership lost faith in her, they should have relieved her. If she has been vindicated, they owe her an explanation.
I’m not a huge fan of the idea that the Drill Sergeant Academy has not just one, but quite a few Sergeants Major on staff that have not once deployed to combat. But having read through the comments on quite a few threads regarding CSM King, dozens, if not hundreds, of NCOs commented about her leadership and mentorship. So while I still have my concern about about not having combat experienced leadership, it’s more an institutional thing, and not directed personally at her.
Again, the Army owes CSM King, and I’d argue the troops and the public as well, more of an explanation as to why she was suspended and finally reinstated.