In an ongoing effort to tackle extremism within military ranks, the Pentagon is putting forward a clearer, sharper definition of extremist behavior, updating the older guidance that was considered too vague on what was and was not allowed. The results of the Countering Extremism Working Group, including a report on extremism within the Defense Department, come nearly a year after the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol thrust the issue of extremism within the military to the forefront.
Like the previous rules, the new guidance doesn't prohibit membership in an extremist organization, but officials said it makes it very difficult to participate. "Any way that someone could sort of actively become a member of an extremist organization, we've accounted for them," one senior defense official said. "We don't think there is a way to be a member of an extremist organization in any meaningful way."