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Pentagon Issues Rules For Service Members in Attempt to Stop Extremist Activity

Military personnels' social media activity could be considered active engagement in an extremist group

The Pentagon issued its new policy intended to prevent or end extremist activity among service members.

The policy defines what behaviors or actions will be considered “active participation” in an extremist group, which is prohibited.

Because of service members’ First Amendment rights, the policy is “group agnostic,” meaning membership in a group is not considered a violation of Defense Department policy. 

Posting, liking, retweeting, or sharing content from any group that is considered to be an extremist group will be classified as active participation.

The Defense Department says it will not monitor online activity. However, social media activity will be reviewed if a service member is suspected of promoting extremist activity.

Other prohibited behavior includes recruiting potential members or promoting an ideology that is considered hateful, discriminatory, or anti-government; advocating or engaging in violence or unlawful force to deprive other people of their constitutional rights; advocating or supporting terrorism; encouraging military or civilian personnel to violate U.S. law; or encouraging discrimination based on race, color, religion or other characteristics. 

Pentagon press secretary John F. Kirby stressed at a Dec. 20 press conference that “the department is focused on prohibited activity; not on a particular ideology, thought or political orientation.”

He noted that the defense department “has always maintained a distinction between thoughts and actions” and added that there will be “a lot of latitude for interpreting what constitutes extremist activity.”

“The new definition preserves a service member’s right of expression to the extent possible, while also balancing the need for good order and discipline to affect military combat and unit readiness,” Kirby said. “These new updates provide increased clarity for service members and commanders on what qualifies as prohibited extremist activities.”

The new guidelines spell out what actions commanding officers are required to take if they suspect a service member is participating in extremist activities. Local commanders will be expected to be aware of their unit’s behaviors.

The guidelines have been in development for almost a year. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III established the Countering Extremist Activity Working Group in April. The group was charged with reviewing Department of Defense Instruction 1325.06 and updating the definition of extremism. It was also tasked with evaluating how anti-extremist measures were enforced.

Announcing the new policies, Austin said, “The overwhelming majority of the men and women of the Department of Defense serve this country with honor and integrity. They respect the oath they took to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. We are grateful for that dedication. We owe the men and women of the Department of Defense an environment free of extremist activities, and we owe our country a military that reflects the founding values of our democracy.”

Military officials have said extremist behavior has increased in recent years among both active duty and reserve service members, per CBS News. They said they identified 100 cases of extremism among active-duty military personnel, an increase from the “low double digits” the year before.

“Critics have argued that the Pentagon’s anti-extremism push has often appeared overly broad and could be viewed as inadvertently — or perhaps intentionally — targeting conservatives or Christians, for example,” reports The Washington Times. “Some Republicans on Capitol Hill have argued a ‘woke’ military under President Biden is more interested in policing the opinions of those in the ranks than it is in training soldiers and sailors to fight wars.”

The new policy took immediate effect.

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12 responses to “Pentagon Issues Rules For Service Members in Attempt to Stop Extremist Activity”

  1. FuzzyMarineVet says:

    What bothers me the most about this is the definition of “extremist activity” is being set by Democrats and their woke globalist allies in other countries not necessarily friendly to the United States and our armed forces.

  2. Punkd101 says:

    After reading this article it made me start really thinking about another motive, what if these generals and high ranking officials are pushing weird policies and mandates due to the fact that they are trying to purge the people they believe will not follow orders. They look at anti government in one way, plus every buzzword has its own meaning to certain people now. I mean it could just be forced by the biden admin also but I bet they think just because people that do not respect politicians, which many include them as politcal, will not produce the soldiers they want. They are just saying fuck you to the people that disagree with them.

  3. WeaponizedSmirk says:

    This will be used primarily against the Right. Get off social media and don’t let your kids use it.

  4. Devilsgun says:

    Non-Woke soldiers:

    Take your time, hurry up. The choice is yours… Don’t be late

  5. Wolv256 says:

    Fuck Joe Biden

  6. Zeknix says:

    There is division in the military. Was happening when I was in. Those who towed the line got promoted to higher levels of leadership. Enlisted could probably make it to SFC if they didn’t make too much of a ruckus, but to get beyond that there needed to be more active role in pushing the agendas. Officer side…. The same to get past MAJ. Leadership qualities were judged by what classes you took… At least that’s what it looked like to me.

  7. davesnothere says:

    The Biden regime was not lawfully elected.

    To the those in active service know that you have friends on the civilian side when the time comes to act. The guys with the oak-leaf wreathed blue badges are watching and waiting.

  8. JazzRocknRoll says:

    The Great Woke Culture Revolution has its backers in Pentagon. If you do not walk the fine line of postmodern thought, you are the enemy—they’re talking about half the population.

  9. Night_Coder says:

    The issue is that a lot of service members view high up leadership are the extremists. To an extremist, non-extremists seem extreme to them and they won’t listen to anyone under them.

  10. Surewhynot says:

    Much like “don’t ask don’t tell” this will be a good policy on paper meant to separate personal from professional in the military but I do fear it will be implemented and used much the same way don’t ask don’t tell was to target specific groups instead of being applied neutrally. But that dose not mean the problem is the policy it’s those using it.

  11. Jman0404 says:

    I see no one defining “extremest”. It’s possible I glossed over it. Also, they are actively denying these people the 1st Amendment right while claiming to protect them.

  12. Toratiger says:

    This is an ideological purge.