NU Online News Service, Jan. 13, 2005, 9:24 a.m. EST

The commander of the Fort Benning, Ga., Army base has disciplined 11 Army officers for letting life agents give what he says were improper classroom sales presentations in early 2004.[@@]

Brigadier Gen. Benjamin Freakley, the base commander, also is starting a consumer awareness program for the soldiers on the base and temporarily banning 3 life insurance companies from the base, according to a report in The New York Times.

The Times triggered a firestorm of controversy about financial services sales to military personnel when it ran a series of articles about the topic in the summer of 2004.