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Navy Sees Increase in Officer Firings for Personal Misconduct

Most offenses stem from sex, alcohol and personal misconduct
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2011 5:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – When you're a part of a global force for good, you're apparently always on the clock. The Navy has fired 12 commanding officers this year for misconduct, nearly a record rate. Most were dismissed for offenses such as sexual harassment, boozing, and having affairs with other officers' wives or sailors under their charge, reports the Washington Post. Many of the offenses occurred while the CO's were off-duty, and similar numbers were reported last year.

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“There is something seriously wrong," says a naval historian. “The divide between our private and professional lives is essentially gone,” adds the Navy's chief of operations. "Does it really matter what a commanding officer does in their personal life? We believe it does, because it gets right to the issue of integrity and personal conduct and trust and the ability to enforce standards." (Read more Navy stories.)

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