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Pentagon Makes New Push to Root Out Extremism Among U.S. Troops

  • Spokesman cites ‘corrosive effect’ of those with such views
  • Regulations, screening and training to be pursued under Austin
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The Pentagon announced plans Friday to crack down on extremism in the ranks with new regulations, screening and training after troops and veterans participated in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered a working group to rewrite the definition of prohibited extremist activity in the military, update questionnaires on past activity for new recruits and train troops leaving the service about interest from extremist groups. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters some groups seek out the combat skills of veterans.