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Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure — Updated October 2014

November 17, 2014 Comments off

Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure — Updated October 2014 (Word)
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of General Counsel

The Standards of Conduct Office of the Department of Defense General Counsel’s Office has assembled the following selection of cases of ethical failure for use as a training tool. Our goal is to provide DoD personnel with real examples of Federal employees who have intentionally or unwittingly violated the standards of conduct. Some cases are humorous, some sad, and all are real. Some will anger you as a Federal employee and some will anger you as an American taxpayer.

Please pay particular attention to the multiple jail and probation sentences, fines, employment terminations and other sanctions that were taken as a result of these ethical failures. Violations of many ethical standards involve criminal statutes. Protect yourself and your employees by learning what you need to know and accessing your Agency ethics counselor if you become unsure of the proper course of conduct. Be sure to access them before you take action regarding the issue in question. Many of the cases displayed in this collection could have been avoided completely if the offender had taken this simple precaution.

The cases have been arranged according to offense for ease of access. Feel free to reproduce and use them as you like in your ethics training program. For example – you may be conducting a training session regarding political activities. Feel free to copy and paste a case or two into your slideshow or handout – or use them as examples or discussion problems. If you have a case you would like to make available for inclusion in a future update of this collection, please email it to OSD.SOCO@MAIL.MIL or you may fax it to (703) 695-4970.

See previous: Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure (Updated July 2013)

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DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for Fiscal 2014

November 12, 2014 Comments off

DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for Fiscal 2014
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Active Component.
• Recruiting. All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2014. Each service also exceeded DoD’s quality benchmarks for new recruits.
• Army – 57,101 accessions, with a goal of 57,000; 100.2 percent.
• Navy – 33,765 accessions, with a goal of 33,740; 100 percent.
• Marine Corps – 26,018 accessions, with a goal of 26,000; 100.1 percent.
• Air Force – 24,070 accessions, with a goal of 24,068; 100 percent.
• Retention. All four services met their retention goals for fiscal 2014.

Reserve Component.
• Recruiting. Four of the six reserve components met or exceeded their fiscal 2014 numerical accession goals. All six reserve components also met or exceeded the DoD quality benchmarks.
• Army National Guard – 47,062 accessions, with a goal of 47,900; 98.3 percent.
• Army Reserve – 26,815 accessions, with a goal of 29,313; 91.5 percent.
• Navy Reserve – 3,987 accessions, with a goal of 3,853; 103 percent.
• Marine Corps Reserve – 8,333 accessions, with a goal of 8,333; 100.0 percent.
• Air National Guard – 10,011 accessions, with a goal of 9,154 ; 109.4 percent.
• Air Force Reserve – 6,952 accessions, with a goal of 4,875; 142.6 percent.
• Attrition – All reserve components have met their attrition goals or were within the allowed variance. Current trends are expected to continue. (This indicator lags due to data availability.)

DOD Releases Report on Progress in Afghanistan

November 4, 2014 Comments off

DOD Releases Report on Progress in Afghanistan
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

The Department of Defense provided to Congress today the October 2014 “Report on Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan,” in accordance with Section 1230 and 1231 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2008 (Public Law 110-181), as amended; to include section 1221 of the NDAA for FY 2012 (Public Law 112-81); sections 1212, 1223, and 1531(d) of the NDAA for FY 2013 (Public Law 112-239); and Senate Report 113-211, to accompany H.R. 4870, the Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations Bill, 2015. This report covers April 1 to September 30,

During the reporting period, several significant milestones set the stage for the post-2014 transition and an enduring U.S. – Afghanistan partnership. On May 27, 2014, President Barack Obama announced his decision on the post-2014 U.S. military mission in Afghanistan, contingent on a signed U.S.-Afghanistan bilateral security agreement (BSA) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-Afghan status of forces agreement (SOFA). On September 29, 2014, Dr. Ashraf Ghani was inaugurated as President and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah was sworn in as Chief Executive Officer, a new position established in the national unity government. The day following President Ghani’s inauguration, representatives of the U.S. and Afghanistan signed the BSA and representatives of NATO and Afghanistan signed the SOFA.

The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have increasingly demonstrated their ability to plan and conduct independent and combined operations that employ multiple capabilities, to disrupt the insurgency, and to protect the populace. They successfully secured the April national elections and June presidential runoff with minimal support from the International Security Assistance Force.

Department of Defense 2014 Climate Change Roadmap

October 14, 2014 Comments off

Department of Defense 2014 Climate Change Roadmap (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

A changing climate will have real impacts on our military and the way it executes its missions. The military could be called upon more often to support civil authorities, and provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the face of more frequent and more intense natural disasters. Our coastal installations are vulnerable to rising sea levels and increased flooding, while droughts, wildfires, and more extreme temperatures could threaten many of our training activities. Our supply chains could be impacted, and we will need to ensure our critical equipment works under more extreme weather conditions. Weather has always affected military operations, and as the climate changes, the way we execute operations may be altered or constrained.

While scientists are converging toward consensus on future climate projections, uncertainty remains. But this cannot be an excuse for delaying action. Every day, our military deals with global uncertainty. Our planners know that, as military strategist Carl von Clausewitz wrote, “all action must, to a certain extent, be planned in a mere twilight.”

It is in this context that DoD is releasing a Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap. Climate change is a long-term trend, but with wise planning and risk mitigation now, we can reduce adverse impacts downrange.

DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for Fiscal 2014, Through August 2014

October 10, 2014 Comments off

DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for Fiscal 2014, Through August 2014
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

The Department of Defense announced today recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for fiscal 2014, through August 2014.

Interim Report of the U.S.-Japan Guidelines for Defense Cooperation Released

October 10, 2014 Comments off

Interim Report of the U.S.-Japan Guidelines for Defense Cooperation Released
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

The United States and Japan today jointly released the interim report of the ongoing review of the U.S.-Japan Guidelines for Defense Cooperation. A full copy of the report can be found here http://www.defense.gov/pubs/20141003_INTERIM_REPORT.pdf.

Hagel Orders Improvements in Military Health Care

October 3, 2014 Comments off

Hagel Orders Improvements in Military Health Care
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered improvements in the Military Health System, saying a 90-day review of the system that found it comparable in access, quality and safety to care offered on average in the private sector is not good enough for service personnel and their families.

In May, the defense secretary ordered a comprehensive review of the Military Health System, or MHS, to be led by Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work.

It sought to assess whether access to medical care in the MHS met defined standards, whether the quality of health care in the MHS met or exceeded defined benchmarks, and whether the MHS had created a culture of safety with effective processes for ensuring safe and reliable care of beneficiaries.

“The review found pockets of excellence, significant excellence which we’re very proud of,” Hagel said, “and extraordinary doctors, nurses and staff who are deeply dedicated to the patients they serve.”

Hagel said he’s directing the department to take steps to ensure that the entire military health care system is not just an average system but a leading one.

+ Military Health System Action Plan for Access, Quality of Care, and Patient Safety
See: Final Report to the Secretary of Defense: Military Health System Review

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