Confederate Names and Military Installations [Updated June 16, 2020]   [open pdf - 684KB]

From the Document: "On June 8, 2020, an Army spokesperson made a statement that the Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and the Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy are 'open to a bi-partisan discussion' on renaming the Army's 10 installations named after Confederate leaders. This statement follows the Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. David Berger's message (MARADMIN 331/20) on June 5, 2020, instructing commanders to 'identify and remove' displays of the Confederate battle flag on Marine bases. Gen. Berger's order was signed following a House Armed Services subcommittee hearing on February 11 regarding the rise of white supremacy in the ranks. A 2019 'Military Times' survey found that '36 percent of troops who responded have seen evidence of white supremacist and racist ideologies in the military, a significant rise from the year before, when only 22 percent reported the same in the 2018 poll.' In addition to some Department of Defense (DOD) officials, certain Members of Congress have expressed interest in renaming military installations named after Confederate leaders. There is also interest in the DOD's selection and approval process for naming military installations."

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CRS Insight, IN10756
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