The Pentagon announced Friday that it will examine whether its generals and admirals receive too many perks and said they should receive more ethics training earlier in their careers.
The measures are a preliminary response to a directive issued last month by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, who ordered a review into misconduct by top brass in the wake of investigations involving several leaders, including the commander of the war in Afghanistan.
On Friday, however, the Pentagon gave no indication that sweeping reforms were in store, and officials downplayed a recent string of scandals involving senior officers as isolated incidents.
Pentagon spokesman George Little said Panetta believes the misconduct is limited to a “very small number” of senior officers. Little said the defense secretary has also decided to allow the Joint Chiefs of Staff to determine on their own whether further reforms are needed, instead of imposing changes.
The ongoing review will be led by Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs.