The alleged cheating may be the result of a great deal of pressure on nuclear missileers, which “is not a healthy environment,” James said.
“What I mean by that is although the standard on our test ”“ a passing grade on these tests is 90 percent ”“ the missileers are still driven to score 100 percent, all of the time.”
That’s because commanders there are using the test scores “to be a top differentiator, if not the sole differentiator, on who gets promoted,” she added. “So I believe that a very terrible irony in this whole situation is that these missileers didn’t cheat to pass. They cheated because they felt driven to get 100 percent. Getting 90 percent or 95 percent was considered a failure in their eyes.”