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Scandals, ethics and the military.

Posted by on Feb. 10, 2014 at 8:08 AM
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Are things so bad that the powers that be think an 'Ethics Czar' is needed?

I'm thinking whoever is chosen better be thoroughly vetted without a skelton bone in their closet.

Reposted from Military dot com

Hagel Will Name Military Ethics Czar

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday said he will appoint a senior officer to be a liaison between himself and the service secretaries and service chiefs to tackle an increasing number of ethical lapses and scandals across the services.

Hagel has not selected the official yet, but promised it would be a senior ranking general, and one with experience ranging from the combat theater to curriculum and training.

The move follows recent revelations of exam cheating among Air Force and Navy personnel working with nuclear weapons and reactors. These scandals followed a report by the Washington Post exposing a host of investigations that included generals accused of sexual assault, drinking on the job and corruption.

"Ethics and character are absolute values we can't take for granted but have to be constantly reinforced," Hagel told an afternoon press conference at the Pentagon. "An uncompromising culture of accountability must exist at every level of command. That must be practiced and emphasized by leadership at every level. Like at all institutions, it starts at the top."

Hagel called the effort "a top priority," and said the officer he appoints will work daily with the service secretaries and brass, including Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, to assess and fix the problem.

He said he will meet with the officer weekly to hear reports on what is being done.

Currently, both the Air Force and Navy have investigations into allegations of widespread cheating by airmen and sailors on proficiency exams. The Air Force has suspended 92 Air Force nuclear missile officers suspended at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., where they are accused of cheating on monthly proficiency tests or not reporting knowledge of the scam.

In the Navy, 32 senior noncommissioned officers training to be instructors on nuclear reactors have been accused of cheating on their own tests, according to officials.

Meanwhile, court documents in a federal case allege a federal contractor bribed multiple Navy officers in exchange for information on ship schedules and cooperation in steering Navy ships to ports where the company could reap higher fees.

The increased reports of sexual assault have been a recurring embarrassment to the services in recent year. Congress is now looking at different pieces of legislation intended to change the way sexual assault cases are handled in the military.

In one of the most recent cases, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus forced the resignation of a senior civilian because of alleged sexual misconduct with a subordinate.

Mabus asked for the resignation of Robert Martinage, a Navy undersecretary, "following a loss of confidence in Martinage's abilities to effectively perform his duties," the Navy said in a statement in January.

Hagel would not speculate on whether the problems could be a fallout from the long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"I don't think there is one simple answer to the issue of ethics, values lapses in some of these areas," he said. "That's why were taking a hard look at this. I think we need to find out if there is a deep, wide problem. If there is, then what is the scope of the problem, how did it occur? Was it a constant focus on 12 years of two long land wars, taking our emphasis off some of these other areas?"

"It's not as simple as one or two things," he said. "But we intend to find out."

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by アニメの雌犬 on Feb. 10, 2014 at 8:20 AM


by on Feb. 10, 2014 at 12:04 PM
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I think way to many rapes and I mean from women and men are NOT BEING REPORTED.  The victims don't want to be seen as such, or worse ridiculed for saying something. This includes sick military personel who go to sick help when they are sick & told to suck it up. REALLY?  I'd like to see more corporate multi billionaires sons and daughters do the jobs that our kids do. Also the senators and congressmens kids join up. We are giving up our rights to the government as it is since 9-11 happened. I'm as patriotic as the next person, but I also don't want a police state attitude with the local police. I am the NOT the1%. I am the 99%, the middle class who used 2 be upper-middle class or maybe even lower rich class, at 1 time, but not now. There, how's that?  One extra character added to make the word to instead of 2. Happy now?

by Nikki on Feb. 10, 2014 at 1:49 PM
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Ugh. The 1% crap again...

by Darby on Feb. 10, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Oh my...

by アニメの雌犬 on Feb. 10, 2014 at 7:27 PM
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TO  T-O...  One extra character won't kill you, I promise.  I despise txt speak in a forum.

by on Feb. 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM
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When I heard about the cheating, I honestly thought about my students and my step daughters.

I tutor college kids. I have teenaged SD's. 

Most of the kids these days seem to be being taught nothing more than memorization, getting a score on a test. They aren't LEARNING.  They aren't truly synthesizing information. Because all that is expected and worked on in school is memorizing just enough to get through a multiple choice general exam.

I think that we have set young people up to cheat because we have stopped asking them and showing them how to LEARN. 

It's no wonder to me that in this day and age young adults are choosing to cheat.  We've failed in teaching them to learn and have only been asking them to memorize for standardized tests. 

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