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Welcome to Gangs and the Military!

Street gangs have existed for hundreds of years, and were first seen in the United States not long after the country started. The first street gangs with military training appeared in San Francisco, California, not long after the city was founded.

Outlaw Motorcycle (Biker) Gangs have been around since shortly before World War II. The majority of Biker Gangs were started by military or former military service members. There are many military members in today’s OMGs.

Domestic Terrorist/Extremists have existed for quite a while, as well. One of the more (in)famous groups is the Ku Klux Klan, started by a group of Confederate veterans after the Civil War. Sadly, there are many military members in a variety of these groups.

Here are a few links to help you learn more — explore!

The video from the 2017 Southern Festival of Books (it was live on C-SPAN2).

https://www.c-span.org/video/?434787-14/gangs-military

The video of the book launch!

Carter F. Smith Gangs and the Military!

Posted by Words of Wisdom Bookstore on Friday, September 29, 2017

Thanks to Words of Wisdom Bookstore in Hermitage (Nashville), Tennessee for hosting!

Gangs and Military Documentary (Gangland: Basic Training)
Gang members have infiltrated America’s military. Gang graffiti is visible everywhere in the battle zones of Iraq. Hand signs are flashed at every gathering of soldiers, and are commonplace in frontline photographs. On-base gang activity is responsible for a rash of crime and violence that rivals some prison systems. And most disturbing, after receiving the world’s best training and conditioning in tactics and killing techniques, gang members return to their home turf ready to wage war against law enforcement, rival gangs and ordinary citizens. The documentary listing on Amazon.

Gangs and the Military presentation at the Northwest Gang Investigators Association , Missoula, Montana. October 2007, by Al Valdez, Ph.D. University of California – Irvine & Carter F. Smith, J. D., (then with) Austin Peay State University in Missoula, Montana, when the History Channel’s Gangland: Basic Training Episode was filmed. This is the full presentation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8ZF_MLDPPs&t=3s

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There are some related quotes on the GoodReads page – https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/55316869-gangs-and-the-military-gangsters-bikers-and-terrorists-with-military

Gang Research in Academia and Government

Gangs in the Military in Academia
A link to the research interests “gangs in the military” on Academia.edu, a platform for academics to share research papers, accelerate research, monitor deep analytics, and track the research of academics they follow. Over 5 million academics are on Academia.edu, with over 1.5 million papers and a million research interests. Academia.edu attracts over 5 million unique visitors a month.

Here’s a link to a similar site — Research Gate 

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Media contact?

Many media outlets and sources have investigated gangs and the military and military-trained gang members, including Congressional Quarterly, New Yorker, Reuters, WebMD, the Army Times, and several local CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox affiliates.

I have appeared in video media including two episodes of the Gangland Series and Fox & Friends Weekend. Specific interviews and contributions include: