Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller
has issued a memorandum on Actions to Improve Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Inclusion in the U~S. Military
. Among the action items:
Recommendation 14: Prohibit Extremist or Hate Group Activity.
• The USD(P&R), in conjunction with the USD for Intelligence and Security
(USD(I&S)), will review current policy, laws, and regulations concerning active
participation by Service members in extremist or hate group activity and develop a
report, with recommendations, concerning initiatives to more effectively prohibit
extremist or hate group activity. The report will leverage the ongoing efforts of the
interagency working group on extremism. By March 31, 2021, the USD(P&R), in
conjunction with the USD(I&S), will provide a plan of action and milestones for
completing this review and subsequent report by June 30, 2021.
Recommendation 15: Update the Uniform Code of Military Justice to Address Extremist
• The DoD Office of the General Counsel (OGC), in coordination with the Office of
the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs, will draft legislative
language for consideration within the Executive Branch, to propose to Congress to
update the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) to address extremist activity
within the military. By July 30, 2021 , based on the findings and recommendations of
the report on extremist and hate group activity directed above, DoD OGC will
provide a plan of action and milestones required to modify the UCMJ.
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