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Military Trained Gang Members Worry FBI
...[T]here is a problem that's become so serious; the FBI calls it a threat to our national security.
The FBI has identified 53 different gangs in the military. They are in every branch, although it's worse in the Army, Army Reserves and National Guard.
...the average person has no idea how big a problem it is.
As the war ends, gang member soldiers come home and are tougher to take down because of their weapons and combat training--training we paid for.
Gang members in the military are tagging their gang affiliation on Humvees and walls overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.
FBI Says Gangs Infiltrating the US Military
The U.S. military is facing a "significant criminal threat" from gangs, including prison and biker gangs, whose members have found their way into the ranks, according to an FBI-led investigation.
Some gang members get into the military to escape the streets, but then end up reconnecting once in, while others target the services specifically for the combat and weapons training, the National Gang Intelligence Center says in a just-released 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment/Emerging Trends.
Whatever the reasons, it's a bad mix.
""Gang members with military training pose a unique threat to law enforcement personnel because of their distinctive weapons and combat training skills and their ability to transfer these skills to fellow gang members," the report states. Gang members have been reported in every branch of the armed forces, though a large proportion of them have been affiliated with the Army, the Army Reserves or Army National Guard, it says.
The latest report devotes four pages to the problem and lists about 50 gangs with members with military backgrounds.
In the past three years, it states, law enforcement officials in more than 100 jurisdictions have encountered, detained or arrested a gang member who was on active-duty or a former servicemember.
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
I wonder how many will work their way into law enforcement positions since that's basically the "gimmie" job for military personnel when they leave.