Assistant Commandant to Head Task Force on Marine Social Media Misconduct
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Marine Corps has formed a task force to look at the Marines United social media crisis and determine what about the culture of the Corps that may need to be changed to prevent such situations in the future.
Speaking March 10 to reporters at the Pentagon, Marine Corps Commandant Robert Neller said he has appointed the assistant commandant, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, to head a task force to examine the social media improprieties of a group called Marines United that allegedly posted nude photos of female Marines on social media, to look at what actions might be taken, develop plans for corrective actions and recommendations, and to look at underlying issues of social media and its relationship to the culture of the Marine Corps.
When asked about to what extent the Marine Corp culture is an enable of the cyber bullying, Neller said, “I think we’re going to find out what degree this is in the Corps,” Neller said.
The task force does not have a deadline. The Navy Criminal Investigative Service has launched an investigation of the incident.
The presence of the photos in the social media came to light from a reporter in January, Neller said.
Neller asked for Corps-wide assistance in bringing an end to such misconduct, and asked any Marines participating in the misconduct reconsider their participation.
“There is no honor in denigrating a fellow Marine in any way, shape or form,” he said.