Hundreds of US Military Personnel Participated in Banned Extremist Activity

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About a hundred members of the US military have engaged in some form of “prohibited extremist activity” in the past year.

 

The Pentagon announced this on Monday when it presented its new guidelines for military personnel.

In February, the United States Secretary of Defense ordered a review of the Pentagon’s policy on countering extremism within its ranks.

The announcement came after it was revealed that dozens of former military officers were involved in the storming of the Capitol on January 6, as thousands of Trump supporters tried to block approval of Joe Biden’s presidential election victory.

The defence gave no details on the type of activities but gave examples of prohibited practices advocating the overthrow of the government or “domestic terrorism”.

The new guidelines state that military personnel should be better trained about prohibited extremist activities. “That then concerns guidelines for social networks, what is or is not allowed,” it reads.

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