The leaders of the Pentagon were already there before Jan. January Concerned About Extremism In The Military 6 Insurrection But new Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said he wants everyone in the ranks to understand that this is a priority

In December, then-incumbent Defense Secretary Christopher Miller led a review of military policy related to “extremist or hate group activities” “

An NPR analysis in mid-February found that around 14 percent of people were charged in connection with the attack on the US The Capitol has military ties Veterans make up about 7 percent of the total population

“This is not something we can be passive about,” the retired Army General told the senators. “I think we need to be active and we can rely on it and make sure we are doing the right things to to create the right climate “

Austin soon ordered a military-wide resignation. By mid-April, commanders will have to spend a day discussing extremism with soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines

Concerns about extremism in the military go back decades, but it is not clear how serious the problem is

A poll by the Military Times found that more than 36 percent of active troops in recent months have personally seen examples of white nationalism or ideologically motivated racism, up 22 percent in 2018

David Chrisinger, author and writing teacher at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, said no one knew how big the problem was

“It’s one of those classic political problems,” he said, “if you don’t measure it, you won’t make it

“It appears that the main cause of some of the inaction was not even admitting that a problem had arisen”

Chrisinger wrote for The War Horse military news website, logging all incidents of a service member being charged or investigated in relation to white nationalist or ideological racism from 2005 with dozens of entries

“Obviously something is going on,” he said, “It doesn’t necessarily matter if it’s this large, widespread problem. Even on a small scale, it can be very damaging”

Retired Navy Vice Admiral Mike Franken said one reason so many military veterans participated in the uprising could be because of personality. If the commander in chief says the election was stolen is people who served in the military , possibly more inclined to listen

“We are servers,” he said, “We want to run to the sound of anger. And consequently we tend to thrust our jaws out and step forward when a particular thought pattern is preached to the body by people – that others try the regular one To reverse the order of things “

Franken, who ran as a democratic candidate for the U.S last year The Iowa Senate said it was concerned about ideological news well before he retired in 2017

When he took command of a large contingent of troops in Africa and the Indian Ocean, Franken said that Fox News aired in the chow halls during mealtime and that he was a “constant shame” of then-President Barack Obama noted

“He did not support the troops, the troops should not be in Africa, Africa gave us problems, we had to do more to follow up on the Muslims,” ​​said Franken. “It was this constant, all day long radio TV to speak “

“I said okay, I’ll either turn it off or I’ll turn it on to something else,” he said, “We are going to see The Beverly Hillbillies or Petticoat Junction or Al Jazeera English or football games, but we are not going to see those tripe listen to “

Secretary of Defense Austin said the resignation is “first initiative” to fight extremism. It gives branch managers discretion in organizing the day, but wants commanders to contact troops for feedback on their own “concerns, experiences and possible solutions “ask for the problem

This story was produced by the American Homefront Project, a public media collaboration covering American military life and veterans. Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting


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