The GAMe: Unraveling a Military Sex Scandal

The GAMe: Unraveling a Military Sex Scandal

by Robert D. Shadley


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Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, 1996: The U.S. Army's most extensively reported sexual abuse scandal on record is uncovered by Major General Robert Shadley.

Known as GAM, or "Game ala Military," an entire network of senior male instructors is in competition to sexually assault and exploit the young female trainees in their charge. Immersed in a battle unlike anything he'd been trained to fight, Shadley must unravel the game, bring the players to justice, and get help for a record number of victims.

Now retired, Major General Shadley continues to advocate for the estimated 19,000 military service members who are sexually assaulted each year. In this gripping story, he sheds light on a problem that's still sadly far from being solved, and provides lessons in real leadership through crisis.

The Army learned the lessons of the Navy's Tailhook Sex Scandal and handled the media aspects of the sexual misconduct at Aberdeen with openness and candor. General Shadley offers a revealing look into leadership in a crisis.
-Gregory L. Vistica, author, Fall from Glory

This is a reality story about leading through crisis, with a focus on doing the right thing. These lessons apply to all who serve in a leadership role within any organization.
-The Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., sixtieth governor of Maryland

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592989966
Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Pages: 315
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Robert D. Shadley is a retired U.S. Army major general. During his leadership career, he guided more than 3,500 military service members in combat and over 20,000 students in training.

He retired from active duty in 2000, following a distinguished thirty-three-year military career serving in key command and staff assignments, including combat tours in Vietnam and Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

Shadley then served in key leadership positions at Alliant Techsystems Inc. and as a senior mentor providing logistics expertise to U.S. Army units prior to deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq.

He currently consults on acquisitions and logistics for businesses in the aerospace and defense sector.

His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, and the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster.

Shadley is active in community and nonprofit organizations in the Wayzata, Minnesota area where he and his wife, Ellie, reside.

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The GAMe: Unraveling a Military Sex Scandal 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tremendous and faithful accounting of the discovery, response and aftermath of the portion of the Army’s sex scandal that occurred at Aberdeen Proving Ground in 1996. This book takes you into the daily midst of the leadership team, who through their personal courage and fortitude concentrated on caring for victims, identifying and bringing perpetrators to justice, and making the Army a safer place for our nation’s Soldiers—all, at a high personal cost to themselves and their families. Especially poignant today as our military continues to grapple with clusters of sexual harassment and felonies within our ranks, the book’s lessons to focus on doing the right thing for the people and letting the institution take care of itself ring true. A credit to the values of the military and especially to his leadership, not a single member of General Shadley’s staff opted out, but kept trudging through for the greater good. We owe a huge debt to these selfless men and women for not abandoning their principles—or our young Soldiers. Heeding their lessons would go a long way to repaying that debt and healing our military.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read! Shows how doing the right thing, may not always be the right thing for you personally. . . but I believe that is the definition of WWJD!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for anyone interested in leadership and knowing what right looks like when a leader cares for the Soldiers  entrusted to his or her care.  General Shadley chose to do the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and in so doing gave his  subordinate, and the rest of the Army, an example of what it means to live the Army Values.   I soldiered with General Shadley, and  am better for the experience.  L Squared
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A rock solid book that lends itself to all military members and civilians alike when it comes to leadership and doing the harder right over the easier wrong. A must read. ARENROB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello My name is M. S. Bozgoz. I can not wait to read General Shadley's book. I worked under his and LTC Bett's command years ago. I was harassed for 2 year before LTC Betts was forced to go to COL Shadley about my case. I was able grow after I left that toxic environment. When my husband and I attempted to find the CID records which surrounded that case, they had disappeared. What I do know, is every Battalion commander and the DISCOM Commander (COL SHADELY) at the time made A few years later, General Shadely is reprimanded for what? His command being involved in the biggest military sex scandal. I feel if he would have helped my case, earlier, he would have never been in this predicament. Either way, I am eager to read his book. I know people change, but I am not sure if he is a good to follow based on what I know first hand
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very compelling story. I've always had great respect for MG Shadley and now hold him in an even higher regard knowing what he did to "Do Right" This is a true example of "leadership" that is applicable both to the military and civilian sector. Mike Conrad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every leader should read this book! Although an example of a military scandal, the scenario is easily compared to issues and leadership failures across the spectrum. It's wonderful to know we have good people out there, like MG Shadley, willing to do the right thing even when no one was listening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book does a great job of informing the public about several serious issues in large institutions today.  Sexual harassment/assault/rape is far too prevalent in our society at large. Thank you for standing up for what's right and also for writing the book to let others know! This book should be required reading for leaders of large organizations. The other two things this book reminds readers is that large institutions have few qualms about  throwing individuals "under the bus" to protect the institution. This has probably always been the case, but this  book is a good warning for those who have not seen it. Shadley also points out very clearly how many people look out for themselves ahead of doing what is right. Those who grew up during the depression, fought in World War II, then built this country had quite a different mindset, one which I admire greatly. They watched out for friends and neighbors, worked hard, and tried to do what was right. Thank you for your service to our country and for doing what's right!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're a leader in the US Army, you should read this book. "Do the right thing" is the mantra of this book, and despite the outcome, I can still say "Do the right thing. " You will not put this book down. It flows easy, and every turn you cannot believe this really happened. I've done three 15-6 investigations, and every time I've done one, the fear of actually peeling back the onion was always confirmed with the fact that the situation was always worse at every layer. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a very timely book on a subject that is a major problem for all branches of the military as well as society in general.  The author has a unique insight into both the problem and actions to deal with it.   I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
General Shadley's extrodinary detail and strong moral compass make this book a must read for anone who cares about our young soldiers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is not a better book on the market today when it comes to leadership in a crisis! General Shadley redefines integrity, transparency, & empathy in this book! You won't put it down...(and when you are will read it again!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The GAMe by Major General (Retired) Bob Shadley is remarkable in that it lays out a blueprint for investigating and otherwise dealing with sexual abuse scandals that have occurred and are still occurring in not only our Army but in all of the armed services. This remarkable soldier lays it on the line and should be on the reading list of all military professionals and those in other fields where abuse could possibly become an issue. I highly recommend it to your reading. Lieutenant Colonel (US Army Retired) Teddy H. Sanford, Jr.
wojo84 More than 1 year ago
MG(R) Shadley is one of the most respected officers in the Army. This book reveals one of the reasons why he has earned that respect. His determination to do the right thing, regardless of the long hours and personal turmoil, shows how genuine leaders care for their people. This should be required reading within the Department of Defense as it is now embroiled in yet more of the same. Books, such as this, will help us learn from the past so that it is not repeated. Great job MG(R) Shadley!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Given the prevalence of sexual violence in America's communities, including the American military, one would hope Shadley's insights could shed light on a possible way forward. They do not. The book follows Shadley's daily appointments throughout his time at Aberdeen -- literally -- with no connections across themes, insights from other command levels, or indeed a sense of the issue's gravity; he describes the need for health care for Reservists no longer on active duty, how his dog was "happy with his new toys" at Christmas, and the need for better coordination with the NAACP, in that order. The book's only true insight appears in the epilogue, succinctly restated in a few bullets: sexual violence is not a women's issue, but a force issue and must be dealt with by members of both genders for lasting change to occur. In light of the military's recent sexual assault incidents, and indeed the military's incidents over the past ten years -- that Shaldey himself recounts in his concluding chapter -- this book is 10 years too late. For his insight to have prevented further occurrences and protected future victims, he needed to own the problem beyond his unit and the timeline he established for himself. A ghostwriter could have cut through the chronology to connect meaningful narrative themes, to best showcase the leadership Shadley thinks he demonstrated.