Another major factors contributing to increase was bases curtailing pandemic restrictions and public venues reopened, according to yet-to-be-released military report.
Nearly 36,000 service members said in confidential survey that they had experienced unwanted sexual contact, compared to roughly 20,000 who said that in a similar 2018 survey, U.S. defense and military officials said.
New numbers expected to draw the attention of Congress, whose members have been critical of the Pentagon’s efforts to reduce sexual crimes and misconduct.
Officials said a nearly 26% increase in reported cases involving Army soldiers led the overall increases.
The increase in Navy reports was about 9%, followed by the Air Force at roughly 2% and the Marine Corps at less than 2%, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.