Commandant Gives Annual Leadership Address to Academy Cadets

New London — The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard promised Tuesday a “fully transparent” report on student life at the Coast Guard Academy.

Adm. Thad W. Allen said the report, which is expected at Coast Guard headquarters this month, will examine whether recent incidents of cadet misbehavior are isolated or part of a trend.

The review was initiated after the court-martial of a former cadet last summer on charges of sexual assault, and after other reports of sexual misbehavior and alcohol abuse surfaced.

“Anytime you have anything like that happen, it’s a problem,” Allen said. “The question is, is it a problem in isolation or are there systemic issues to deal with?”

Allen discussed the report in an interview following his annual leadership address at the academy Tuesday. He shared some of the report’s preliminary findings with the cadets.

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