Hagel's Enlisted Chats: Fruit of Knowledge or Poisoned Apple?

Defense secretary could get just what he asked for in chats with lowest ranks.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon March 28.

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The participants at last week's lunch meeting told Hagel about why they entered the military and what they have gotten out of it, Little said, including some of their personal and professional challenges.

"He heard from service members in the junior enlisted ranks who had some very compelling and quite difficult personal stories, who chose the military as a career because it helped them get out of some other deeply problematic personal situations," Little said. Hagel took notes on their comments and pledged to get back to them.

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