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Military needs to screen new recruits for gang tattoos

Tats are one clue of gang affiliation and loyalty.
Tats are one clue of gang affiliation and loyalty.

When the military recruits someone from off the street they currently do not ask about gang affiliations, but they probably should.

The rise of gang members and gangs in the U.S. military is a disturbing new trend that seems to be increasing. So much so the Federal Bureau of Investigation is calling it a “national security threat” (see video: American streets gangs in the US Militaryhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmPcvH2Y3oY).


Often times you can tell if a person is a gang member or not by his “tats” or tattoos.

Increasingly law enforcement officials near military bases are encountering service members with gang tattoos during traffic stops and criminal investigations.

Tattoos are one indicator of gang affiliation.

The military today has a strict rule on tattoos, no arm sleeves, no neck and no head brands allowed.

But gang tattoos are not mentioned?

Some have suggested that the military should ban all gang members from serving in the U.S. military.

The military should better screen new recruits for gang affiliations and ban potential recruits who have gang tattoos on their bodies from enlisting in the military.

It is one way of trying to reduce the number of gang members in the military.

Time and time again the military doesn’t seem too interested in doing that , as it currently allows people to enlist who have gang tattoos (see video: Neo-Nazis are in the Army nowhttp://www.hanscomfamily.com/2009/06/15/neo-nazis-are-in-the-army-now/ ).

See video: Gangs in the military: Armed & dangerous forces part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2-rEbzLRZs&feature=relmfu

The defense department has refused to comment on this matter.