Gang Activity in the Military

By: Connor Parks

Known Gangs in the Military:

-18th Street

-Almighty Vice Lord Nation (abbreviated AVLN)

-Aryan Brotherhood

-Black Disciples



-Gangster Disciples

-Hells Angels

-King Cobras

-Ku Klux Klan

-Latin Kings

-Mexican Mafia




-TAP Boyz

-White power Skinheads

Extent of Gang Activity in the Military

Jennifer Simon, a FBI gang investigator, stated in 2008 that 1-2% of the U.S. Military belongs to gangs. This is estimated to be 50-100 times the rate among the general population. The FBI's National Gang Threat Assessment in 2011, identified members of more than 53 gangs who served in the military.

The FBI also reported in 2007 at least eight instances within the previous three years in which members of the military associated with gangs acquired weaponry for their own use.

Reported Gang Activity in the Military

Activity in the U.S.

-Gangster Disciples: July 3rd, 2005, Sergeant Juwan Johnson was killed by gang members during a beating that was required to join the gang.

-White power Skinheads: in 1995, Malcolom Wright Jr. and James N. Brumeister were charged with the murder of an African American couple. When arrested, the police found a Nazi flag, white supremacist pamphlets, and other gang paraphernalia.

Activity Overseas

Evidence of gang activity withing the military is evident through the appearance of American gang-related graffiti showing up in Iraq since the beginning of the war in Iraq in 2003. Groups that are represented by this graffiti include; Latin Kings, Black Power, Ku Klux Klan, and TAP Boyz