The Yale Law Journal

VOLUME
118
2008-2009
NUMBER
4
January 2009
600-805
Note

Gangs in the Military

Gustav Eyler

118 Yale L.J. 696 (2009).

 

Gang activity in the U.S. military is increasing. Gang members undermine good order and discipline in the armed services and pose a serious threat to military and civilian communities. Congress recently responded to this threat by directing the Secretary of Defense to promulgate regulations forbidding the active participation of service personnel in criminal street gangs. This Note reviews the threat posed by military gangs and analyzes existing military policies addressing gang affiliation. This Note concludes with recommendations for the military to consider when it drafts the new regulations demanded by Congress.