E7 Army, the American armed forces special operations command, has been a favorite among many Americans for its military training, its ability to conduct covert operations in places like Yemen and Libya, and its reputation for secrecy.
But the secretive unit has also been plagued by scandals, from its handling of suicides of former members to allegations that it was linked to the 2011 deaths of two Navy SEALs.
The Army, however, is now trying to rectify its reputation by creating an e7 Army division to focus on building a modernized force capable of countering what the Army calls the “darker” elements of the military.
The move is part of the Army’s plan to overhaul the way it trains its special operations forces, which are the most heavily trained branch of the armed forces.
As part of a broader effort to overhaul how its forces are trained and managed, the Army has enlisted the help of a private military firm to develop a strategy for the Army that includes how to better manage the private military industry, which the Army says it will invest in and which will provide “additional operational support.”
E7, or Exeter Army, was created in 2018 after the resignation of Gen. David Petraeus, who had been commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
After Petraeus left, E7 was disbanded, according to a statement from the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Petraeus left E7 in the wake of the leaks by former CIA analyst Jeffrey Sterling about his relationship with ex-CIA Director David Petraeus and the Pentagon’s handling of the agency’s internal investigation into the deaths of the two Navy officers.
E7 has said that the Army did not do enough to ensure the investigation was completed.
In recent months, a number of high-profile former military officers, including Gen. John Allen, retired Army Gen. James Mattis, former Army General Robert Neller and former Army Commandant General Mark Welsh have come forward with allegations of misconduct, including the leaking of classified information to the media and other abuses of power.
E3, a division of the E7 unit, has also received increased attention in recent weeks as reports have emerged of a growing number of cases of alleged sexual assault and harassment by members of the unit.
In August, The Washington Post reported that at least 14 women have accused E3 members of sexual misconduct, although some of those claims have not been proven.
According to The Hill, the Pentagon has declined to comment on the specific allegations that the agency is investigating.
The number of allegations of sexual assault against E7 members is now at a high, according the Times.
Some E7 officers have even been found guilty of crimes that were not reported to the Pentagon.
According the Times, the number of reported sexual assaults has spiked since the resignation in June of General David Petraeus.
One former E7 soldier, Army Col. John Gaunt, was charged with two counts of rape, two counts each of sexual abuse and forcible sodomy, in a Washington, D.C., courtroom last month.
Gaunt pleaded not guilty.
The investigation was closed, and a federal judge ordered Gaunt to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after he was found guilty in September.
“It was clear that the case was closed,” said the Army.
“He was cleared for discharge.
It was clear, at least to me, that he was not the person that he claimed to be.”
E3 said in a statement to The Associated Press on Friday that the allegations were “completely false and have no merit.”
It also said that it has been working with the Army and other government entities to develop new protocols to help combat sexual misconduct.
“We will continue to make progress to address sexual assault within the military,” the statement said.
“These are serious issues, and we are committed to addressing them.”
The Pentagon said it will provide more details about the reforms in the coming weeks.
E8, an e6 division of E7 and E3 is also working on a new strategy that will address the “Darker Forces” of the Pentagon, the new Army strategy that includes increasing the number and size of the secretive private military companies that have taken on the role of conducting covert operations, and improving the way they operate and interact with the American public.
The Pentagon also has pledged to conduct a more thorough investigation into allegations that a member of the Special Operations Command, which operates out of Fort Belvoir, Virginia, abused women and other members of his unit.
“The investigation of these matters is ongoing,” the Army said in its statement.