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Army Releases Report On Extremism

Posted March 20, 1996 6:00 a.m. EST

— March 21, 1996 - 4:00 p.m. EST

The Army has released results of a study conducted by a special Army task force on hate groups and extremists in the ranks. While the influence of such groups was found to be minimal, some of the results released Thursday were disturbing.

The report found that 3.5 percent of the soldiers interviewed had been approached to join an extremist organization since entering the Army, while seven percent said they knew at least one soldier believed to be extremist.

The survey was based on interviews with over 20,000 soldiers at 28 U.S. and overseas Army posts.

The report was ordered after an alleged racially motivated murder in Fayetteville several months ago.

An article appears in this month'sEsquiremagazine featuring interviews with extremist soldiers at Fort Bragg. Some of the soldiers were depicted surrounded by Nazi paraphernalia. (Esquirephoto above left.