Army mandates quarterly 'don’t invade the Capitol' training
"We’re hopeful...we can significantly reduce the number of soldiers who invade the Capitol each year."
By Stephen Flowers
WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Army John E. Whitley announced late Friday the Army will implement mandatory quarterly “Don’t Invade the Capitol” online training.
“After seeing a large number of past and present service members arrested for storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, we realized we needed to ensure our soldiers were properly trained on the fact that they shouldn’t do that,” said Whitley.
“It turns out, not a single one of the arrested servicemembers had been trained on how not to violently storm the seat of the government they are sworn to protect,” Whitley said. “That’s a failure of leadership.”
The training consists of a series of ‘realistic vignettes’ that soldiers must navigate, including one scenario in which a soldier is asked by a group of friends if they want to help seize the U.S. Capitol and overturn a national election. The soldier must select “No, thanks.”