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Military experience, identity discrepancies, and far right terrorism: An exploratory analysis

NCJ Number
Studies in Conflict & Terrorism Volume: 36 Issue: 8 Dated: 2013 Pages: 654-671
Pete Simi; Bryan F. Bubolz; Ann Hardman
Date Published
18 pages

This article proposes that identity discrepancies, that may sway behavior toward far-right extremism and terrorism, occur when individuals experience involuntary role exits from the military or when individuals perceive that personal achievements earned while enlisted are unrecognized or unappreciated.


Identity discrepancies may facilitate a change in behavior toward far-right extremism and eventually terrorism. Case study examples are provided to illustrate this relationship. Since the relationship between far-right extremism and military involvement is a complex problem and the dynamics that explain this relationship are not well understood, the current study addresses this gap by discussing the relationship between military experience, identity discrepancies, and far right terrorism. (Publisher abstract provided)