As we’ve reported, veterans and other citizens have been stepping forward to help stand armed guard over recruiting stations around the U.S. since the attack in Chattanooga that killed five American service members.

The Department of Defense has reportedly told recruiting offices to consider those volunteer armed guards as potential “security threats”:

Via Stars and Stripes:

The Army has warned its recruiters to treat the gun-toting civilians gathering at centers across the country in the wake of the Chattanooga, Tenn., shooting as a security threat.

Soldiers should avoid anyone standing outside the recruiting centers attempting to offer protection and report them to local law enforcement and the command if they feel threatened, according to a U.S. Army Recruiting Command policy letter issued Monday.

Members of the military are being told to “call the police” if they feel threatened:

Good point, that one.

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