Military Recruiters are Failing to Screen for Extremism

USA Today
Article Source: USA Today

Article Source: USA Today

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  • An internal Department of Defense audit revealed that military recruiters frequently failed to complete mandated checks to identify recruits who are members of extremist groups. This included not giving a screening questionnaire to 4 in 10 eligible recruits.
  • The audit specifically found that 41 percent of recruits who were supposed to undergo additional screening were not asked about extremist or gang affiliations, and 40 percent were not asked to complete new screening forms introduced in 2021.
  • The audit also indicated that most of the Defense secretary’s 20 action steps to address extremism within the military appeared stalled or inactive, and many military officials were unable to provide answers when questioned about the effectiveness of new tools and measures against extremism.  Read More

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