Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday ordered a series of “immediate actions” to address the threat of extremism in the military, including a review of the armed forces’ definition of extremist behavior, standardizing questionnaires to screen recruits and developing procedures for veterans to report extremist activities after they leave service.
The actions come after a 60-day “stand down” that Austin ordered in early February following the violent Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. The crowd of rioters that day included dozens of current or former military personnel affiliated with right-wing extremist groups.
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.@SecDef Lloyd Austin has ordered a series of immediate actions to address the threat of extremism in the military, including screening recruits, developing procedures for veterans to report extremist activities, and more.
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