January 13 Nearly a week after the riots in the U.S. Congress, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and a number of senior U.S. military officers issued a rare joint memorandum to the army on the 12th, condemning the riots and demanding that the troops “be prepared”.
According to Business Insider on the 12th, after the riots in the U.S. Congress, in addition to condemning, many cabinet members of the federal government resigned, including three members, including Transportation Secretary Zhao Xiaolan, and even Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller, have also denounced.
However, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of the U.S. military has been silent for the past week and did not condemn Trump supporters until the 12th that it was finally made public.
The memorandum was sent by Milly and seven generals to all U.S. officers and soldiers. “The riots on the 6th were a direct attack on the U.S. Congress, the Capitol building, and our constitutional order.” The memo wrote that the right to freedom of expression cannot be used by anyone to justify violence, “the violation of the constitutional process is not only against our traditions, values and vows, but also against the law”.
The memorandum also states that the main duties of the force remain unchanged, and the position is to protect and defend the constitution; the force should be “prepared” and “focus on duty”.
On the 6th of this month, riots broke out in the U.S. Congress. Assemblies stormed the Capitol and killed at least five people. After several veterans were involved, the military became the focus of the riots.
Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are still investigating the incident through photos and videos taken at the scene. Many people wear uniforms from individual military units, indicating that they are active duty or have served in a certain unit, based on images and footage from the area.