TODAY   |  January 16, 2014

Air Force pulls 34 from missile jobs over cheating

One of the biggest exam-cheating scandals in Air Force history has resulted in 34 nuclear missile launch officers being pulled from their jobs for cheating on a proficiency exams. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports.

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>> force this morning, natalie has more on that.

>> this is a routine proficiency test that work with nuclear missiles . it's that test at the center of the biggest cheating scandal in air force history. jim is at the pentagon with more.

>> reporter: these jobs couldn't be more critical. these are the air force officers who literally have their fingers on the launching of the nuclear missiles . 34 have had their clearance suspended for cheating on the, ams that they have to take once a month to make sure they're up to the job. one of them passed along the answers to at least a dozen officers. they could be reenstatinstated if they take another chest. a major general was fired from his job after a drunken episode in moscow and this alleged cheating was found when the air force was investigating charges of illegal drug possession by some of those same officers.