The most common ethical violation by senior general and flag officers involve travel fraud, the official added.
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with the service chiefs last week to discuss the issue and ongoing efforts to address ethical misconduct in the ranks, a Pentagon spokesman said.
Gen. Dempsey has been leading the Profession of Arms campaign, aimed at reinforcing values, ethics and standards to a force stretched thin after a decade of two wars.
“Following September 11, 2001, America’s all-volunteer force embarked on campaigns extending well beyond any limits imagined as the era of persistent conflict unfolded, its resilience arguably exceeded expectations of its architects,” the chairman said in a white paper in February.
“We are all accountable for meeting ethical and performance standards in our actions and, similarly, accountable for our failure to take action, when appropriate,” Gen. Dempsey wrote.
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Kristina Wong is a national security reporter for The Washington Times, covering defense, foreign policy and intelligence affairs. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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