Gangs in the Military…Zero Tolerance. “Are there members of the military that belong to gangs? No doubt about it. But the military is not rampant with gang members.” - Provost Marshal Maj. Robert Ray, USA. How Big is the Problem?.
Gangs in the Military…Zero Tolerance
“Are there members of the military that belong to gangs? No doubt about it. But the military is not rampant with gang members.”
- Provost Marshal Maj. Robert Ray, USA
Although gangs vary extensively regarding membership, structure, age, and ethnicity, three basic types have emerged:
Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
In January of 2004, an extremist group was addressed by its leader with the following statements:
"Don't operate like a battleship!" he shouted. "Operate like a Nazi submarine! Use your periscope! We have to infiltrate! Infiltrate the military! Infiltrate your local governments! Infiltrate your school board! Infiltrate law enforcement!"
Additional Gang Graffiti
Numbers rather than letters may appear in graffiti. Usually, this is a fairly easy code to break; gangs generally use the number which corresponds to the place the letter falls in the alphabet as in:
12.12.12 = L.L.L. = Love, Life, Loyalty
Example of a gang Alphabet
Clothing and Military Uniforms
Sgt Juwan Johnson