Far-right extremists recruiting in military: Pentagon
Far-right and white supremacist extremists are actively recruiting in the US military and have gained more support over the past year, the Defence Department said Friday (Jan 15), reports AFP.
One week after hard-liners who support President Donald Trump stormed the US Congress shutting down the legislature, the Pentagon said it will launch an investigation into the extent of extremism in US military ranks.
A senior defence official who declined to be named told reporters that there was an increase in far-right activity among the military over the past year, though he noted that it paralleled similar growth in society at large.
“We know that some groups actively attempt to recruit our personnel into their cause, or actually encourage their members to join the military for the purpose of acquiring skills and experience our military force,” the official told reporters.
“We recognise that those skills are prized by some of these groups, not only for the capability it offers them, but it also brings legitimacy in their mind to their cause.” The military has been aware of the problem for some time.
But it was underscored by the involvement of serving and retired force members, as well as police officers, among the pro-Trump protesters who violently forced their way into the Capitol building last week.
One military captain, a psychological operations specialist in North Carolina, organised a group of 100 people to join the protests.
She has since resigned from the military.