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Hagel worried about ethical 'breakdown' in US military

Published on Feb 6, 2014 6:34 AM
 
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is concerned that recent scandals signal a potential ethical "breakdown" in the US military and has asked commanders to urgently address the problem, his spokesman said on Wednesday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is concerned that recent scandals signal a potential ethical "breakdown" in the US military and has asked commanders to urgently address the problem, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

The Pentagon chief was "troubled" by revelations of cheating on exams, as well as other incidents, and had raised the issue with the chiefs of all the armed services in talks earlier Wednesday, Rear Admiral John Kirby told a news conference.

"I think he's generally concerned that there could be, at least at some level, a breakdown in ethical behavior and in the demonstration of moral courage," Mr Kirby said.

"And I think he wants to get at that." He spoke a day after the US Navy acknowledged that 30 sailors were implicated in a cheating ring on an exam for nuclear reactor instructors.

 
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