WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin expressing their concerns with recent trainings conducted by branches of the U.S. military.
The senators note that Secretary Austin’s directive to identify and remove extremism from the military is appropriate, but the implementation of the trainings falls well short of the military’s standards.
“Your directive to purge the department of extremism follows in the long tradition of the United States military protecting the rights and liberties of all Americans. … Yet your tempered, thoughtful approach lost its way in translation to the services,” wrote the senators. “An examination of the stand-down training materials reveals a disappointing partisan slant and poorly-defined First Amendment rights for military members.”
The senators note the partisan slant of the materials and some members’ use of official Department of Defense platforms to target members of the media with whom they disagree. Their letter concludes with a request for Secretary Austin to provide a report on steps his office has taken to reprimand those who engaged in inappropriate partisan behavior and for the secretary to personally review the training materials used by the services.
Click here to read the letter.