" … the sorts of beliefs that lead to the kind of conduct that can be so detrimental to good order and discipline and in fact is criminal."
Still, Austin said in the meeting with military leaders that while the numbers may be small, they are not as small as anyone would like. "No matter what it is, it is … not an insignificant problem and has to be addressed," Kirby said during a press gaggle in the Pentagon.
The stand down will occur over the next 60 days, Kirby said. This is so "each service, each command and each unit can take the time out to have these needed discussions with the men and women of the force," he said.
There is much that needs to be hammered out including the details of the training that will go along with the stand down and what the secretary and all in the military want to accomplish. The stand down is similar to safety stand downs that units may have, Kirby said.
Austin called extremism in the ranks a leadership issue, and "it's got to be a leadership issue down to the lowest levels, small unit leadership all the way up to him," Kirby said. "So if you consider it a leadership issue, then maybe there will be some potential solutions there to allow us greater visibility." defense.gov
As is mentioned in this piece there are already regulations and instructions "on the books" that prohibit radical (whatever that is) political action by members of the US armed forces. Kirby is a retired admiral who has always been a political hack and PR creature. He made a career in Navy as a talking head.
Austin himself seems to be talking about the political views and actions of former military people as well as people now in the regular forces, and the reserve components. Is he also talking about people like me who are retired from the armed forces? We are still members.
He mentions that "beliefs" of a kind that he doesn't like are leading to conduct that is "in fact criminal." Beliefs? Really?
Austin makes it clear that for him the existence of such criminal beliefs will be a "leadership issue." That means that if you are a squad leader (sergeant) or a ship's CO, complaints about your command concerning criminal beliefs will be cause for destruction of your career. Military people want to succeed in their careers. The result of this kind of command pressure from above will be waves of secret denunciations and expulsion from the services.
IMO those most likely to be judged criminal dissidents will be in the ground combat arms; infantry, artillery, armor, SOF, combat aviation. Why? Simple, this is where the most aggressive and assertive are to be found.
Where will they go? You know where they will go. pl