WASHINGTON - The Army is investigating allegations that eight male soldiers took pictures and video of as many as 21 female soldiers in their unit showering at Fort Dix.

The photos were allegedly taken last fall, before the 266th Military Police Company of the Virginia Army National Guard shipped out to Iraq in December.

Lt. Col. Christopher Garver said yesterday that the Army was conducting a criminal investigation.

Fort Dix spokeswoman Carolee Nisbet called the allegations disappointing. She said most soldiers who train at the New Jersey installation before being deployed "live up to the Army values." The 266th is now serving in Basra. - AP