#8220;If these charges are proven it will certainly be detrimental to the Army from a recruiting perspective.
They are due to appear at Bulford Court Martial Centre on September 21 and 22.
#8220;But I am incredulous as well as surprised. While there must be some aggression in recruit training, what is alleged goes far beyond what is acceptable.#8221;
Col Richard Kemp, former British Army commander in Afghanistan, told the Mail on Sunday: #8220;#8216;This is extraordinary, I have never heard of a case of this scale.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed 17 former recruit instructors will face trial but refused to provide names or charges.
Seventeen former army instructors are due before a court martial next month charged with assaults on recruits.
It said it would not be appropriate to comment further.