It has been reported that 122 British Army instructors have been disciplined in the last four years for abusing recruits.

In an exclusive, the Daily Mirror reported that more than 100 Army instructors have been rapped for abuse of recruits and other misconduct.

“At least 122 non-commissioned officers have been court-martialled or disciplined over four years for offences including targeting young troops. Instructors were accused of putting soldiers through twisted “hazing” ­ceremonies as well as fighting, stealing, drug-taking and viewing child porn.”

Recruits claim they were humiliated and physically abused, with one saying his training platoon were forced to parade in their underwear.

The offending officers were from British Army training centres, with the worst record at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire, where at least 49 instructors faced court-martial or disciplinaries.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said:

“We expect the highest standards from personnel and training staff are no different. We fully investigate any allegation of misconduct, and while a case being brought to court martial does not equate a guilty verdict, action will be taken where appropriate.”

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