Urban street gangs have moved from U.S. cities into the U.S. military, with gang graffiti even showing up on Humvees in Iraq.
Hunter Glass, a retired police detective in Fayetteville, N.C., where Fort Bragg is located, said strains on the military because of Iraq and Afghanistan make it difficult to keep gangs out of the military.
"It's obvious that many of these people do not give up their gang affiliations," Glass told CBS News.
The Army Criminal Investigation Command said the number of gang-related investigations increased from nine in 2004 to 61 last year. But officials claimed gang activity is still a tiny part of its caseload.
The increase coincides with the increase in the number of recruits given waivers for having criminal records. Membership in a street gang is not necessarily a disqualifier.
Stephanie Cockrell, whose son was killed in a gang initiation in Germany two weeks before his discharge, said that should change.
"I would have loved to have seen him with his child, I really would have -- that part is hard, that part is hard," she said.
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