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APNewsBreak: Army says some misconduct trends are increasing

FILE - In this March 27, 2008 file photo, an aerial view of the Pentagon. Sexual misconduct and harassment allegations against senior Army leaders increased this year and more were substantiated than in 2015, according to a closely held report by the Army Inspector General.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

FILE - In this March 27, 2008 file photo, an aerial view of the Pentagon. Sexual misconduct and harassment allegations against senior Army leaders increased this year and more were substantiated than in 2015, according to a closely held report by the Army Inspector General. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)  (The Associated Press)

A memo obtained by The Associated Press says that sexual misconduct and harassment allegations against senior Army leaders increased this year, and that more were substantiated than in 2015.

The memo from the Army's inspector general also says reprisal was the most frequent charge against senior officers in the active duty, National Guard, Reserves and senior executive service in the past budget year. There were nearly 50 such allegations as of Sept. 30.

The total number of cases is small, but they represent some of the more serious misconduct concerns faced by the military.

And they underscore the fact that transgressions are happening in the higher levels.