It turns out that military service members are pushing back on the Pentagon characterization that there were palpable differences between the summer of "mostly peaceful" protests and the Jan 6th riot at the Capitol.
During military training sessions to address extremism in the ranks, some service members have challenged why the Pentagon is not treating the violence during racial injustice protests last summer as equal to the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.
That the two events are viewed as equivalent by some troops has caught the Pentagon’s attention in its effort to educate service members that extremist views and activity — on either side of the political spectrum — go against the oath they took when they joined the military, the top enlisted leader told reporters on Thursday.
The Pentagon should not be surprised that our service members are rational, educated people who are able to make value judgments. What I find appalling is that the Pentagon brass is surprised.
The last Battalion I served in had an average education level of 14.5. Many of the very junior enlisted had not yet finished college, but many of the more senior enlisted held Master's degrees. Today's troops are smart, and filly capable of seeing when their leaders are full of shit.