WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is vowing to eliminate what he calls the "scourge" of sexual assault in the military while cautioning that it will take a long and sustained effort by all military members.
Obama met Thursday with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the top brass from all the military services and later said there is no silver bullet to solving the problem.
Senior military officers are speaking about the problem with increasing bluntness and expressions of regret. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, calls it a "crisis" in the ranks.
The Army chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno (oh-dee-EHR'-noh), says his service's efforts are "failing."
Those summoned to the White House included the civilian heads of each service and senior enlisted advisers.