AFZS-CG 28 September 2001
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Policy Memorandum #16, Extremist Organizations
The Army’s core values include respect for the dignity of each person.
This respect is essential if we are to live, train, and fight together as
a team. Ultimately, our lives
depend upon this teamwork. The
views of extremist organizations are contrary to our values and to the teamwork
demanded by our profession.
Participation in extremist organizations and activities destroys trust
and teamwork and interferes with unit cohesion and mission accomplishment.
It is inconsistent with the responsibilities of military service and is
prohibited. Leaders must educate
our soldiers on this policy and enforce it uniformly and unequivocally.
If a soldier is suspected of participating in an extremist organization
or activity, at a minimum, he or she must be counseled in writing, advised of
the Army policy, and ordered not to participate.
Prohibited participation in extremist organizations includes
participating in a public rally, attending meetings, recruiting members, raising
funds for the organization, distributing literature, taking a leadership role,
and displaying symbols of the organization.
Penalties for violations of these prohibitions may include criminal
action under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and administrative action
under Army regulations. Each case
will be decided on its own merits. Any
questions about what is an extremist organization or activity as well as about
preparing disciplinary or administrative actions should be addressed to the
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.
We all must be vigilant for the signs of extremist or gang activity.
Education, leadership, and swift and decisive action to terminate any
such activity are necessary to ensure our soldiers live, train, and fight
together as a team.
F. L. HAGENBECK
Major General, USA