The governor has approved the recommendation for firing them.
West Virginia state's Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety had released an image on Dec. 5 showing members of the Basic Training Class 18 giving out the Nazi salute in the picture. Their faces were blurred but the image itself caused deserved outrage and the demand for their removal gathered pace.
As reported by NBCNews, the governor of West Virginia, Jim Justice has signed an approval over the recommendation of the investigation committee that provided for the firing of all the said members of the class.
The investigation revealed that the salute began as a "sign of respect" for a person identified as "Instructor Byrd." Two academy trainers and a cadet had already been fired after the emergence of the photograph and 34 members were suspended without pay for the duration of the investigation.
According to the report, Byrd said that she was unaware of the "historical or racial implications of the gesture." The report, however, found that: "The investigation disclosed that she encouraged it, reveled in it, and at times reciprocated the gesture. Additionally, Byrd appeared to overrule the corrective actions taken by others and assured the cadets the behavior was acceptable."
The Governor said: "We have a lot of good people in our Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. But this incident was completely unacceptable. Now, we must continue to move forward and work diligently to make sure nothing like this ever happens again."