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U.S. Department of Defense

Defense secretary calls for review of security policies

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has reminded the military service chiefs that Defense Department policy does allow some military personnel to be armed while working at recruiting centers and ROTC offices. Carter directed the military branches Thursday to review security policies — including adding armed personnel — in the wake of the July 16 attacks at a Navy-Marine reserve center in Chattanooga that killed four Marines and a sailor. Carter said in a memorandum released Thursday that the service secretaries should develop plans that include the option of armed personnel. Military personnel are generally prohibited from carrying firearms at recruitment centers and bases, but...

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