STAND-DOWN TO EXTREMISM IN THE RANKS

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SUBJ/STAND-DOWN TO ADDRESS EXTREMISM IN THE RANKS//

REF/A/DIRECTIVE/DODI/22FEB15//
REF/B/NAVY REGULATIONS/14SEP90//
REF/C/MEMO/SECDEF/05FEB21//

NARR/REF A IS DODI 1325.06 HANDLING DISSIDENT AND PROTEST ACTIVITIES AMONG 
MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES.  REF B IS UNITED STATES NAVY REGULATIONS 1990.  
REF C IS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MEMORANDUM DIRECTING A DOD-WIDE STAND-DOWN TO 
ADDRESS EXTREMISM IN THE RANKS.

RMKS/1.  Extremist conduct is contrary to good order and discipline, and 
erodes the faith and trust of American citizens and those Sailors, Marines, 
and civilian personnel affected by it.  The Department of Navy (DON) has zero 
tolerance for extremist conduct.

2.  Reference (a) prohibits Service Members from actively participating in 
supremacist, extremist, or criminal gang activities, ideology, or causes.  
Reference (b) prohibits any member of the naval service from participating in 
any organization advocating supremacist causes, advocating illegal 
discrimination, or advocating the use of force or violence against the U.S. 
government or a state government.  Reference (a) identifies that commanders 
have the authority to employ the full range of administrative and 
disciplinary actions including administrative separation or appropriate 
criminal action, to sanction Sailors or Marines who actively participate in 
any supremacist, extremist, or criminal gang organizations.

3.  In accordance with reference (c), commanding officers and supervisors at 
all levels are directed to conduct a "stand-down" with their personnel to 
address extremism by 6 April 2021.  In the event operational requirements 
prohibit the conduct of the stand-down by this date, extension requests must 
be submitted through the first General or Flag Officer in the chain of 
command, via Chief of Naval Personnel/Deputy Commandant (Manpower and Reserve 
Affairs) and ultimately to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and 
Reserve Affairs) (ASN(M
&RA)) for adjudication.

4.  Along with the other core tenants of reference (a), the stand-down 
discussions may be tailored as appropriate, but needs to reinforce the DON 
core values  Honor, Courage, and Commitment  and provide an opportunity for 
commanders and supervisors to listen to the concerns, experiences, and 
possible solutions from our workforce to aid in eradicating extremism from 
the Department.  However, the following topics must be included:
    a.  The importance of our oaths of office or enlistment.  As Service 
Members or federal civil servants, we each took an oath to support and defend 
the
Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic.   Accordingly, we
will not tolerate actions that violate the fundamental principles of the oath 
we share, including actions associated with extremist or dissident 
ideologies.  Sailors, Marines, and civilian personnel who support our mission 
deserve an environment free of discrimination, hate, and harassment.
    b.  A description of actions that betray our oaths and are prohibited 
behaviors include, but are not limited to, the following:
       (1) Military personnel must not actively advocate supremacist, 
extremist, criminal gang doctrine, ideology, or causes that advance, 
encourage, or advocate illegal discrimination based on race, creed, color, 
sex (including gender identity or sexual orientation), religion, ethnicity, 
or national origin or those that advance, encourage, or advocate the use of 
force, violence, or criminal activity or otherwise advance efforts to deprive 
individuals of their civil rights.
       (2) Military personnel must not actively participate in organizations 
that advocate doctrine, ideology, or causes that attempt to create illegal 
discrimination based on race, creed, color, sex (including gender identity or 
sexual orientation), religion, ethnicity, or national origin, or advocate the 
use of force, violence, or criminal activity in furtherance thereof.  Active 
participation includes (but is not limited to):  fundraising; demonstrating 
or rallying; recruiting, training, organizing, or leading members; 
distributing material (including posting on-line); knowingly wearing gang 
colors or clothing; having tattoos or body markings associated with such 
gangs or organizations; and any other activity that furthers the objectives 
of these organizations that are detrimental to good order, discipline, or 
mission accomplishment or are incompatible with military service.
       (3) Military personnel are prohibited from participating in off-base 
demonstrations if:  they are on-duty; they are in a foreign country; the 
activities constitute a breach of law and order; violence is likely to 
result; they are in uniform in violation of Department of Defense or Service 
regulation; or the location has been placed off-limits by a commander.
       (4) While not subject to military law, DON civilians must refrain from 
speech that qualifies as true threats, speech that incites imminent lawless 
action or immediate breach of the peace, or otherwise violates DON Equal 
Employment Opportunity policy.
    c.  It is the responsibility of leaders at all levels to maintain an 
environment free of extremism and to establish procedures for reporting 
suspected, or actual, extremist behaviors.  Reference (b) requires anyone who 
experiences or witnesses misconduct to report it.  Reports may be made to the 
chain of command, the Inspector General, the Naval Criminal Investigative 
Service, and in accordance with specific Service policy.

5.  The Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant of the Marine Corps 
shall report the status of their Services' stand-down to ASN (M&RA) not later 
than 6 April 2021.

6.  Subject to personnel resources, commanders and other leaders should 
consider having legal counsel present or available when conducting the stand-
down required by reference (c).

7.  The primary point of contact in this matter is Mr. Mark A. Romano who can 
be reached at (703) 614-1377 or e-mail at mark.romano1@navy.mil.

8.  I expect all members of our One Navy Marine Corps Team to treat everyone 
with respect.  Released by the Honorable Thomas W. Harker, Acting Secretary 
of the Navy.//

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