Pentagon, stumped by extremism in ranks, orders stand-down in next 60 days | REUTERS By Phil Stewart, Idrees Ali
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Pentagon, stumped by extremism in ranks, orders stand-down in next 60 days | REUTERS By Phil Stewart, Idrees Ali

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military on Wednesday acknowledged it was unsure about how to address white nationalism and other extremism in its ranks, and announced plans for military-wide stand-downs pausing regular activity at some point in the next 60 days to tackle the issue.

The decision to a hold a stand-down was made by Lloyd Austin, who made history by becoming the military’s first Black defense secretary after a long career rising in the ranks of the Army. In his confirmation hearing, Austin underscored the need to rid the military of “racists and extremists”.

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