The commanders of the various branches of the military strongly condemned racism and intolerance
At that time, as a white nationalist and extreme right in the United States began to appear increasingly in society and in the media, the military leadership made it clear that such people have no place in the U.S. armed forces.
The commanders of the army, air force, Navy and marine Corps last week issued a statement strongly condemning the intolerance and racism against the backdrop of events in Charlotsville, Virginia, where the demonstration turned into riots and violence. The organizers and participants of the original shares held racist positions and support the idea of white supremacy.
This is an extremely important message for the military, according to experts and veterans.
“I think this is very important: the commanders of the different branches of the military record commented on the incident, and showed that what was portrayed in Charlotsville as the protection of their culture, there is no place in our armed forces. It is not the culture of our armed forces,” emphasizes retired Colonel and Professor of military history at the Ohio state University Peter Mansoor.
The message is very clear, said Steven Leonard, also a retired Colonel and lecturer at the Business school of the University of Kansas: “If you can’t live in accordance with the values of our institutes, you have no place in our ranks”. Leonard also maintains a popular microblogging Doctrine Man devoted to military subjects and problems of veterans.
Defense Ministry denies actively support the racist and extremist ideas, and organized crime. Violation of this prohibition may be grounds for exclusion from the armed forces.
Despite the fact that the armed forces is one of the most integrated social groups in the United States, in their ranks, too, had problems with extremists. Some of the current leaders of racist organizations was in the army and some veterans have committed crimes of hate and acts of terrorism.
Military leadership has recognized this problem, which became particularly evident after arranged with veteran Timothy McVeigh explosion in a Federal building in Oklahoma in 1995, which killed 168 people. The Pentagon announced a campaign to purge the armed forces from extremists.
According to the center for Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, these efforts were unsuccessful, however, according to reports in 2006-2012, less than ten years later improvements came to nothing because the armed forces lowered its standards for recruits, to meet the needs of the campaigns in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“The armed forces – a reflection of American society,” Mansour says, noting that they have representatives from different social groups and beliefs. “Sometimes there are renegades, who grew up in the culture of organized crime and nationalism.”
Some criminal groups and nationalist organizations in the United States are calling on their followers to serve in the armed forces, especially in combat units of the Army and marine Corps, which was highlighted by the research the Southern Poverty Law Center. Some nationalist groups stand for a “race war” against blacks, Jews and other minorities, and I want to get into their ranks people with tactical experience and weapons.
“They’ve been doing this for many years, says Stephen Leonard, adding that the same is the situation with gangs. – Where else can you obtain the necessary skills?”
But this creates a problem: the soldier, a member of the xenophobic or criminal organization, most likely, will keep your mouth shut, you were quiet about their beliefs.
“If they do not manifest themselves, what can we do?” asks Leonard.