Former commander-in-chief accused of sexual misconduct returns prestigious military decoration

Retired General Jonathan Vance, a former top commander who sparked the ongoing sexual misconduct crisis in the military, has returned his Order of Military Merit, the government announced Friday.

Vance made a request to waive the decoration which was approved by the Governor General on April 20, according to a report published in the Canada Gazette.

In March, Vance pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice after attempting to contact Major Kellie Brennan, his former subordinate currently at the center of a sexual misconduct investigation into Vance’s behavior in the military.

Vance has since acknowledged a past sexual relationship with Brennan and confirmed he fathered a child with her.

The revelations about Vance sparked a major crisis in the military and a cascade of other sexual misconduct allegations involving senior officers. An unprecedented number of top executives have been sacked high-level positions since February 2021 in connection with complaints of sexual misconduct.

The Order of Military Merit “recognizes the distinctive merit and exceptional service of the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces,” according to the Governor General of Canada.

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