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Former top US Army official's staff said they were running 'personal' errands for him at CVS, report says

Former top US Army official's staff said they were running 'personal' errands for him at CVS, report says
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The US military's former top enlisted official had a pattern of using his soldiers "to perform services for his personal convenience," according to the US Army's inspector general, which found these staffers "felt obliged" to help him with these personal favors.




Documents obtained by the military news website Task & Purpose revealed details in which former Sgt. Maj. John Troxell, who retired in December, had violated ethics rules.




The investigation revealed that the 19-year military veteran instructed staffers to purchase goods for him at CVS: "No, dude, you are not an indentured servant," Troxell said, according to a staffer who attempted to give him $10 back in change.




The allegations also included reports that he endorsed fitness products on his social media accounts, including an exercise video posted to his official Facebook page in which he appeared to endorse the training equipment company TRX.




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The US military's former top enlisted official had a pattern of using his soldiers "to perform services for his personal convenience," according to a previous report by the US Army's inspector general. Documents recently obtained by the military news website Task & Purpose revealed how Sgt. Maj. John Troxell violated ethics rules through these favors and an alleged endorsement of fitness equipment on his official Facebook account.
"These unofficial duties included the subordinates going to CVS for him, driving after hours during [temporary duty] to unofficial events, dining with them, and provided unnecessary support to him and his wife," documents said, according to Task & Purpose.
The investigation revealed that the 19-year military veteran instructed staffers to purchase goods for him at CVS: "No, dude, you are not an indentured servant," Troxell said, according to a staffer who attempted to give him $10 back in change.
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