Independent Study Finds No ‘Extremism’ Within U.S. Military – American Faith

The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) conducted a study on the U.S. military, finding “no evidence that the number of violent extremists in the military is disproportionate to the number of violent extremists in the United States as a whole.”

“The objective of the IDA study was to gain greater fidelity on the scope and nature of extremist ideologies and behaviors in the military community … identify the sources of such ideologies and behaviors; assess their impact; and develop strategies for preventing, countering, and neutralizing that impact,” the report says.

While government agencies have pushed the narrative of “extremists” operating on January 6, 2021, the report found that fewer than 10 individuals were charged.

“Of the more than 700 federal cases in which charges were publicly available a year after these events, fewer than ten were for individuals who were serving in the military at the time,” the IDA said. “Based on the size of the military relative to the general population and considering the rate of charges for males and females, we find no evidence that service members were charged at a different rate than the members of the general population.”

The group noted that division within the U.S. military is a greater threat than extremism.

“IDA found reason to believe that the risk to the military from widespread polarization and division in the ranks may be a greater risk than the radicalization of a few service members,” they wrote.

The IDA recommended that the Department of Defense “focus its efforts to prevent prohibited extremist conduct in ongoing education and training in core values such as loyalty, respect, duty, honor, and mission, emphasizing from recruitment all the way to separation that these values are inconsistent with prohibited extremist activities.”

A previous study from the Department of Defense found that almost 6 million man-hours have been used on the extremism “stand-down” and “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI) training.

The data showed that service members have been engaged in DEI activities for a total of 5,889,082 man-hours, including training on Critical Race Theory.

Republican senators responded to the report in a statement, saying, “We face real threats across the world, yet the Biden administration is more focused on promoting its leftist social agenda in the military instead of countering China, Russia and Iran or creating an effective counterterrorism plan.”

“Our military is not an extremist organization, and our service members, by and large all good people, are dedicated, faithful patriots.”

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