Biden’s SECDEF Demands Drastic Change of Military Screening Process

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Biden’s Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, ordered the military to come up with a process to weed out prospective candidates in a memo dated Friday, April 9, 2021. This comes after active and retired military personnel were found among those who bombarded the Capitol on January 6. The Biden administration hopes this process will alert the department to those holding extreme political or religious views and who might be recruited to such groups.

Although Austin feels that most of the men and women who serve in the military are honorable with great integrity, there are rumors that some radical groups are either attempting to infiltrate the military to gain training or secure military personnel — both active and retired.

Austin also called on the military branches to update their checklists for service members leaving the military to include training on potential risks of recruitment by extremist groups and “create a mechanism by which Veterans have the opportunity to report any potential contact with an extremist group should they choose to do so.”

BidenThe Department of Defense has been ordered to establish a Countering Extremism Working Group (CEWG). This group would investigate cases of extremism within the department and the Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). They work to find a better way to search for and trace this sort of activity while improving their instructional training in this area.

Some Republicans are upset about the book “How to Be an Antiracist,” which is part of the Navy’s reading schedule, calling it discriminatory. The author Ibram X. Kendi writes in the book that Europeans are “raised to be racist.”

Tucker Carlson was criticized for insinuating that the military was putting more emphasis on social issues rather than military preparedness. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) “Pentagon attacks on Tucker Carlson damage U.S. Military for the sake of leftwing ideology and political expediency.”

The Defense Secretary reiterated that his highest priority is to maintain mental and physical condition, readiness, and honor of the whole military while instituting avenues to make sure exceptional recruits are selected. Eliminating extreme practices and racism is among his top priorities.

President Biden’s Secretary of Defense confirms the military’s screening process should collect data to attract extremely qualified individuals and implement a means of allowing Veterans to report any radical activity. Any deceitful behavior will be met with disciplinary actions.

Written by Brenda Robinson
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware

Sources:

American Military News: Biden SECDEF Austin Orders Military To Use New Extremism Questionnaires And More
U.S. Department of Defense: Biden SecDef Austin orders 60-day Stand-Down To Address Extremism In The Military

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