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    Advocacy Groups Call for Pentagon Progress Report on Ending Extremism in Military

    Advocacy Groups Call for Pentagon Progress Report on Ending Extremism in Military

    A coalition of human rights groups, extremism experts, faith-based organizations and left-leaning veteran and family groups is calling out the Pentagon for an apparent lack of progress in rooting out extremism in the ranks.

    In a letter Wednesday to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, the groups pressed him to publicly detail any progress the department has made since a working group issued its recommendations on tackling extremism in the military in December 2021.

    “As close observers in this field, we understand the urgency of this threat and the impact it has on service members, veterans and their families,” said the letter, which was organized by Human Rights First and co-signed by 35 other advocacy groups and three individual academics. “Extremism undermines the strength of the military and our democracy.”

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    The Pentagon did not immediately respond to Military.com's request for comment on the letter.

    Taking office in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, in which dozens of those arrested were found to have military connections, Austin vowed to make eliminating extremism in the military a top priority.

    As one of his first acts, Austin ordered a -wide stand-down so the rank-and-file and leaders could discuss the issue of extremism. He also formed a Countering Extremist Activity Working Group to…

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