Two National Guardsmen kicked out for ties to “hate group”

Two Army National Guardsmen from the state of Georgia have been kicked out of the it was discovered they belonged to a religion that espouses “radical white extremism.”

Dalton Woodward and Trent East, members of a neo-pagan religion known as the Asatru Folk Assembly and members of the Georgia National Guard, were reportedly investigated after being outed by an Atlanta Antifa chapter.

The chapter published a report, linking the two Soldiers to the pagan sect, which has been identified as a “hate group” by the controversial watchdog group, the Southern Poverty Law Center.

At the time of the investigation, Woodward was in Afghanistan.

According to the AJC, the National Guard has not released details concerning the investigation, but it is known that Woodward was investigated after he returned from his deployment and -in the words of a Guard spokeswoman- is “no longer a member.”

The subject of so-called “white supremacist” groups within the military has been a topic of some controversy, creating somewhat of a rift within the armed forces.

In 2017, the Military Times polled active-duty troops and found that around one in four of their sample group had seen “signs of white nationalism” among fellow servicemembers.

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