New Research on Connection Between Military Service and Extremism

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  • A study conducted by the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) found that military service is the strongest individual-level predictor of involvement in mass casualty events.
  • Extremists with military backgrounds were 2.41 times more likely to plan or carry out a mass casualty event compared to those without military experience.
  • Of the individuals in the study with military backgrounds who engaged in extremist violence, 73.5 percent were linked to right-wing ideologies, while 40 percent were tied to white supremacist or nativist views.
  • Extremists with military backgrounds had a higher success rate in carrying out mass casualty events compared to non-military extremists, and a significant proportion of offenders had backgrounds in the U.S. Army. Read More

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