There are new reports showing the disturbing trend of white supremacists joining the U.S. military to receive training that they can use when they leave.
Some of those individuals, who are enlisting in the military, are doing so in order to learn the skills necessary to carry out what they call a "rahowa" or racial holy war against what they describe as "ZOG" or the Zionist Occupation Government, according to Reuters.
The military has been weeding out racial extremists for several years, but with military enlistments waning and large numbers of extremists eager to join, some mange to enter undetected.
A startling 2008 report commissioned by the Justice Department found that half of all racial extremists in the United States had some military experience. However, some of those enlisted claim to have never seen racist behavior.
"We don't really think this is a huge problem, at Bragg, and across the Army," Colonel Kevin Arata, a military spokesman, told Reuters. "In my 26 years in the Army, I've never seen it."
The shooting in Wisconsin at a Sikh temple by former U.S. Army soldier Wade Page in which six people were killed and three critically wounded disputes those claims. The man turned the gun on himself during a shootout with police, demonstrating the most recent example of white supremacists using military training to carry out their deeds.
"There's plenty of other Pages who served during the war on terror, and we don't know what they're going to be doing over the next decade or so," Matt Kennard, author of "Irregular Army: How the U.S. Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror" told Reuters.
But military officials are quick to defend their enlisting practices, as well as the men and women who serve in uniform to protect the United States.
"Our standards have not changed; participation in extremist activities has never been tolerated and is punishable under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice," Eileen Lainez, a Defense Department spokeswoman, said in a statement.