Senators skeptical of top Marine's vow to change service culture in wake of photo scandal
WASHINGTON — Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee told Gen. Robert Neller on Tuesday that they were skeptical of his promises to change the Marine Corps culture in the wake of a nude photo-sharing scandal.
Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, called on victims of the “Marines United” Facebook page to come forward to assist in the ongoing probe by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and said new social media policies were set to be released by the service.
Acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley, who also testified Tuesday to the committee, called the social media activity a “cancer.”
Neller told lawmakers that he will travel with Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green to Camp Lejeune, N.C., this week and speak directly to troops about the social media scandal.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., her voice seeming to crack with emotion, said the response “rings hollow” after the service has failed for years to significantly reduce high rates of sexual assault. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said the high level of sexual assaults in the Marines relative to the other services is likely connected to the photo-sharing problem.
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