Defense officials say the low conviction rate is a concern.
"We needed more assets. … We needed more resources to investigate all the reports," she said.
"We are absolutely getting better resources, better trained personal. We are on the right path," she said.
In the same year, there were 254 courts-martial that led to a conviction for a sexual-assault related crime, the report says said.
Pentagon officials say the low conviction in part reflects the nature of the criminal justice system and the rights of the accused.
"Yeah, it doesn't make us feel very comfortable that we can't, when an allegation is made, that we can't take every single allegation to court. But that is our justice system," said Nate Galbreath, a senior executive adviser for the Pentagon's sexual assault prevention and response program.
"We have a high standard — beyond a reasonable doubt — so there are always going to be many, many more reports about what happens every year, and allegations made, than what can be prosecuted in court," Galbreath said Thursday in a meeting with reporters at the Pentagon.
Galbreath noted a long list of reasons why a complaint might not lead to a conviction.
- In 770 cases, a the commander determined there was not enough evidence to pursue the case any further.
- CIn the 2,013 cases in which commanders determined there was sufficient evidence to pursue disciplinary action, the commanders substantiated some misconduct that was not unrelated to sexual assault in 576 cases.
- Commanders substantiated some sort of misconduct related to sexual assault in 1,437 cases, but in 511 of those cases, the matter was resolved without a court-martial — with either a non-judicial punishment, an administrative discharge or other administrative action.
- CIn 926 cases, commanders launched court-martial proceedings against the alleged perpetrator in 926 cases. Among those, 159 cases were closed because the alleged perpetrator resigned from the military, and 111 were closed because the case was dismissed in pretrial proceedings before reaching a court martial.
- Of the 543 cases that ultimately went to court-martial, 130 resulted in not-guilty verdicts.
- Of the 413 troops who were convicted at a court-martial, 161 of those cases resulted in convictions on charges that were not unrelated to sexual assault.
- In 254 cases, a service member as convicted of a sexual assault-related offense.
Andrew Tilghman is the executive editor for Military Times. He is a former Military Times Pentagon reporter and served as a Middle East correspondent for the Stars and Stripes. Before covering the military, he worked as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle in Texas, the Albany Times Union in New York and The Associated Press in Milwaukee.