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Inquiry ordered on Army day care

WASHINGTON — President Obama called the secretary of the Army to express concerns over arrests and the discovery of problems with background checks at an Army day-care center and to urge a speedy investigation, US officials said Wednesday.

A White House official said the president called Army Secretary John McHugh Tuesday and said there must be a zero tolerance policy when it comes to protecting the children of service members.

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The Pentagon is reviewing hiring procedures at military day care centers, schools, youth centers, and other facilities where children are present, after revelations that some employees at the day care center had criminal records.

Pentagon leaders were angry that it took months for the Army to disclose the problems to top officials and the public.

Pentagon press secretary George Little said that ‘‘clearly this information did not get reported up the chain of command as quickly as we think it should have.’’

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