A private first class from Fort Bliss is being investigated for allegedly being connected to a hate group known as the Atomwaffen Division, acccording to the Army Times.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, identifies the Atomwaffen Division as a white supremacist neo-Nazi group located in Texas since 2015. The center also identifies James Mason, a follower of Charles Manson, as an influencer to the hate group.
As KTSM found out about the allegations of the Fort Bliss soldier, we also found several reports including from the Military Times claiming there’s proof of white nationalism in the military.
A poll done by the Military Times, shows nearly 25 percent of troops have seen evidence of white nationalism among fellow troops.
KTSM reached out to the El Paso Recruiting Company on how the Army determines if candidates have possible ties to hate groups or gangs.
“In our SF-86, our national questionnaire, there are questions about gang related affiliations. We did ask them if they have relationships if it is a yes or no,” First Sergeant Santiago said.
First Sergeant Santiago also told KTSM that individuals are disqualified if one admits to being part of a hate group which is why some people might lie about it.
The investigation to the soldier’s allegations are still ongoing.