Ethics Training Inbound

Back when I was junior enlisted, woe be to anyone who made a mistake close to a holiday. Underage drinking meant that all of us would get an hours-long GMT (general military training) on underage alcohol consumption. Well, these days that adage seems to work in reverse. Our generals are triggering the training:

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

Citing a string of ethical lapses by senior military officers, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has asked the Joint Chiefs of Staff to review ethics training and to brainstorm on ways to steer officers away from trouble.

The move is a reflection of the depth of concern triggered by a series of misconduct cases in a military that prides itself on integrity and honor but has suffered an unusual number of stumbles after a decade of war.

In a memo to Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Panetta made no explicit reference to the David Petraeus sex scandal, which also has ensnared the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen. Panetta’s press secretary, George Little, said the memo was the product of internal Pentagon discussions that began before Petraeus announced he was resigning as CIA director because of an extramarital affair.

Standing by for training. Meanwhile, General Petraeus testified last week behind closed doors. But not too closed:

A photographer is photographed as she aims her lens through a crack in the doors during the US Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington where former CIA Director David Petraeus will testify on Capitol Hill.

A photographer who photographed two photographers photographing a photographer squeezing off a photograph through a crack in the door of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Got it.

23 thoughts on “Ethics Training Inbound”

  1. I actually find this rather comical; that Leon Panetta, a Democrat ideological political hack who just happens to currently be our SecDef is engaging in this ‘ethics revisited’ campaign when his own party members could never and will never be accused of such high-minded thoughts or activities….dare we go on to mention, Anthony Weiner, Client #9, Elliot Spitzer, Senator Bob Menendez of NJ with his own sex scandal and so many ethically challenged Democrats, like Charles Rangel, Harry Reid and last but certainly not least, Maxine Waters….there are so many most of the time I’m hard put to gather in all the names….there are so many….yeah, let’s treat our military just like they treat the American people, like so many children and see how far that goes, shall we???…k

  2. Yes, that will take care of everything – ethics training. I hope the entire administration attends but they will need a translator since it will be like a foreign language to them.

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