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An “ethics stand-down” instituted by Commandant Gen. Jim Amos throughout the Marines began yesterday, the Marine Corps Times is reporting.

The stand-down requires Marine commanders and senior enlisted advisors to sit down with their troops at some point in time between now and August 10 in order to discuss “ethical decision-making processes.”

The order comes after a string of scandals that have proved embarrassing to the Corps, including an incident where Marine snipers were videotaped apparently urinating on dead Taliban soldiers, and another where snipers were photographed posing in front of a Nazi-era “SS” logo flag.

“We are allowing our standards to erode,” said Amos in a letter issued at the end of March to Marine leadership. “Recent missteps indicate there is complacency by some in the enforcement of our own high standards. The high regard of our fellow citizens and our own self-image are at stake.”

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