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2 Marines Punished for Online Misconduct

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By    |   Friday, 07 Apr 2017 03:00 PM

Two Marines have been punished for making derogatory comments online about one of their enlisted leaders, The Washington Post reported.

It marks the first time the Marine Corps has disciplined members for online misconduct since hundreds of service members were revealed to be sharing illicit photos on Facebook, according to the newspaper.

The two Marines — included a noncommissioned officer and a junior enlisted Marine, the Post reported. They were reduced in rank and lost pay, an official said. Both are part of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, an infantry unit stationed in California. 

"The Marines and Sailors of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines do not tolerate personal attacks on their Marines, online or elsewhere," said the unit's commander, Lt. Col. Warren Cook, in a statement.

"This kind of behavior flies in the face of our service's core values and this organization refuses to condone it."

Meanwhile, reports Marines shared nude photos of female service members on Facebook, have sparked widespread criticism and an ongoing investigation, NPR reported.

"Lack of respect for the dignity and humanity of fellow members of the Department of Defense is unacceptable and counter to unit cohesion," U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said last month.

But action on the last online controversy for the Marines was welcomed, the Post reported.

"This is a good a start," said Erin Kirk-Cuomo, a former Marine sergeant who and co-founder of the group Not in My Marine Corps, which is committed to ending sexual assault and sexual harassment in the armed services.

"These guys weren't advocating for the assault of women and they're being punished," she said. "The Marine Corps is taking swift action, and that's exactly what we need."

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