The Pentagon, stumped and unsure about how to address white nationalism and other forms of extremism in its ranks, announced plans for military-wide stand-downs that will pause regular activity at some point in the next 60 days to tackle the issue.

The decision to hold a stand-down was made by Lloyd Austin, who made history by becoming the first Black Secretary of Defense after a long career rising in the Army’s ranks. In his confirmation hearing, Austin underscored the need to rid the military of “racists and extremists.”

Some on social media are now calling SecDef Austin a “yes man.”

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Austin ordered the stand-down after a meeting with the U.S. military branch leaders, who are under pressure to show progress in combating extremism after current and former military servicemembers were found to have participated in the siege of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

A recent email to the force from the Group Command Sergeant Major, 1st Special Warfare Training Group, read,

“As of today, you are not authorized to wear or post any of [the attached] images. Doing so could result in military punishment. Please make sure this gets out to everyone in your formation. We don’t want our folks getting hemmed up because they weren’t informed. We — and the CG — have more important things to worry about and don’t need to waste any more time justifying logos. Some of these extremist logos may have been innocently and unknowingly incorporated into team/committee logos within SWCS; regardless of any good intentions, if you recognize any of these logos in any schwag you’re sporting, stop wearing the shirts, tear off the stickers on the water bottles, and let’s replace them with symbols that aren’t tied to extremism. Enough said.”

This is excellent advice from a very seasoned leader.

According to Breitbart, in a briefing Army Col. Mike Henry, the deputy commander of Special Warfare Medical Group (Airborne)/Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center at the Special Warfare Center (SWC) at Fort Bragg, said, “[he] told us that if anyone gets caught wearing, buying, selling, affiliated with in any way, any of those things on that list, that the first thing he’s going to do is chapter us out of the Army. The second thing is, he’s going to handle the investigation by sending it over to the DHS. He didn’t quite outright say that we would be arrested; he used the word ‘detained.'”