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    What the Pentagon Has, Hasn’t and Could Do to Stop Veterans and Troops from Joining Extremist Groups

    What the Pentagon Has, Hasn't and Could Do to Stop Veterans and Troops from Joining Extremist Groups

    A platoon of soldiers filed into a briefing room at Carson, , on a spring day in 2021. Some sat on the floor after the seats by the cookie-cutter office tables filled. Some flipped through their phones, likely scrolling dating apps or playing games, expecting another unannounced monotonous thing a soldier had to get through to clock out at the end of the day.

    The platoon leader walked in. He said they were going to talk about extremism, fulfilling an obligation that had been ordered for all service members by the secretary of defense to much fanfare in , D.C., nearly 1,500 miles away. The requirement was unveiled in February 2021 — less than a month after the insurrection of Jan. 6 — amid a growing realization that tens, if not hundreds, of veterans were among the rioting crowd.

    But the young officer was clearly improvising, relying on a couple of notes jotted down in a standard-issue green notebook. Little had been offered from on high to soldiers like these to guide what they should talk about, or how they could help dissuade those in the ranks from being lured by radical groups. No briefing documents, or research, or really anything.

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    “No one was really paying attention,” an active-duty noncommissioned officer recalled of the briefing. “I remember the commander talking about what he thought were radical…

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