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Marine Corps details actions taken in response to “Marines United”

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Sgt. Ashley Mohr, a drill instructor with Platoon 4039, Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, ensures her recruits have their valuables Sept. 17, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Drill instructors ensure all recruits and their equipment are accounted for at the end of the day. Mohr is a 27-year-old native of Salamanca, N.Y. Oscar Company is scheduled to graduate Nov. 7, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple)
(Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple)

The US Marines are continuing their response into the damage caused by the Marines United scandal, as well as other social media sites.

In a statement released by the US Marine Corps headquarters yesterday, the branch is currently looking into the matter, reporting that “The Commandant is personally invested and committed to fixing the problem and has called upon all Marines to address the conditions that contribute to gender discrimination and sex-based harassment and to confront misconduct when encountered.”

In March of this year, Marine Commandant General Robert Neller issued a White Letter to the force “ensuring commanders and senior enlisted advisors have a common understanding of this situation, focus our efforts to support any victims of these attacks, raise awareness of resources to support victims, and ultimately eliminate conditions that allow this cancer to grow.”

In addition, the document states that Neller has “directed the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps to lead a task force with representatives from various functional areas to examine attitudes and address behaviors that are corrosive to mutual respect and degrade good order and discipline. The task force is being informed by Marines, veterans, those impacted by online misconduct, and specialists from across the United States.”

Victim services -to include advocates and legal counsel-  have been instructed to provide services for those affected.

New training implementations have been established in the wake of the scandal, including “Welcome Aboard” classes to new students and staff for the purpose of increasing awareness on social media responsibilities. Recruits at training depots will also be given social media responsibility training.

The statement then goes into a highlighted timeline of the response by the USMC in response to theMarines United scandal, where explicit photos of both servicewomen and civilians were shared without their consent. From notification in February until the end of March, the US Marines have engaged in everything from disciplinary actions to a USMC Social Media Misconduct Symposium, which featured “subject matter experts from across the Marine Corps and society at large” and a “panel of experts addressed challenges the military services face regarding social media use among service members.”

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