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Military works to change culture to combat rape

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Roving patrols of senior enlisted officers have been policing drinking and other reckless behavior at Naval Base San Diego nightly in an effort to combat sexual assaults.

Every branch in the armed forces is implementing various measures to curb behavior that military officials believe could lead to sexual assault.

Some Army bases have been imposing 9 p.m. curfews for new soldiers, while thousands of service members have been attending interactive trainings to drive home a zero-tolerance message.

The Navy plans to replicate its patrols at 70 shore installations.

Some have bristled at the new restrictions, calling them unfair for punishing all for the sins of a few.

The effort follows a Pentagon report, released in May, that estimates as many as 26,000 service members may have been sexually assaulted last year.

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