'Patriotism' could be sign of extremism, leaked Army document says

A leaked leaflet shows officers how to spot 'extreme right-wing' soldiers

Thursday, May 30, 2019

British Army officers are being given guidelines on how to spot “extreme right-wing” attitudes among soldiers.

 A leaked leaflet titled ‘Extreme Right Wing (XRW) Indicators & Warnings’ includes a list of signs to look out for, such as people calling themselves “patriots”.

Officers were warned to look out for soldiers who use the term “Islamofascism” and making generalisations about Muslims or Jews.

Other signs include calling opponents “traitors”, and soldiers discussing the creation of “white only” communities.

The 20-box 'XRW chart was created in late 2017, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed, following the arrest of four soldiers who were accused of links with neo-Nazi group National Action.

Corporal Mikko Vehvilainen was pictured performing a Nazi salute outside a Finnish independence memorial

Corporal Mikko Vehvilainen, 34, was convicted of being a member of National Action and was jailed for eight years.  

He had been dismissed from the Armed Forces following his arrest in 2017, after he was found to be attempting to recruit other soldiers into the group.

An MoD spokesperson told talkRADIO that the Army has “robust measures in place” to stop extremists from joining up.

“The values of our armed forces and the nation they serve are totally incompatible with extremist views,” they said.

“We have robust measures in place to ensure those exhibiting these views are not permitted to serve.”

The MoD also said the chart does not suggest all patriots are extremists, and that the Ministry takes a comprehensive approach to tackling all forms of terrorism and extremism.

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