Published:November 16, 2017 2:16 pm
The Army’s top general has said his service has failed in a “significant amount” of cases to alert the FBI to soldiers’ criminal history. The statement by General Mark Milley, the Army chief of staff, was the most concrete indication that the problem is not confined to the Air Force.
That military branch acknowledged last week that it had failed to tell the FBI about the assault conviction of Devin P Kelley, a former airman who killed 26 people in a Texas church on November 5.
That failure made it possible for Kelley to acquire weapons that federal law prohibited him from buying or possessing after his 2012 conviction.
“There are gaps and failures on our part to report in to the FBI,” Milley said in an exchange with reporters at the Pentagon yesterday.
“We have a significant amount of omissions,” he added.
“It clearly tells us that…