USA Today: DOD Has Made Little Progress on Anti-Extremism Plans

July 26, 2023

The Pentagon has “almost nothing to show” for its efforts to root out extremism within the military, according to USA Today.

After the Jan. 6 insurrection, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered activities to weed out extremists during recruitment, investigate whether there are extremists currently serving who pose a threat, and teach veterans about the extremist groups that often target them.

USA Today reported that most of the proposed reforms have not been implemented, but a DOD spokesperson said the department is still focused on the issue.

“The Department of Defense takes extremist activity seriously and continues to make progress toward implementing the actions approved by the Secretary in December 2021,” Cmdr. Nicole Schwegman, a DOD spokesperson, told USA Today. “The vast majority of service members serve with honor and integrity and do not participate in extremist activities.”

Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Angel Thuy Jaskuloski

July 26, 2023

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