Posted on May 22, 2015
SFC Joseph James
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After seeing the deaths of the biker shootout in Waco Texas I have noticed a lot of articles and media attention on how many of these bikers are former military. One was a Vietnam Veteran that received the Purple Heart. I was wondering what causes a Veteran to want to join up with actual "Outlaw" Biker gangs? Is it the thrill of adventure the calls them or what? Please answer in the comments.

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/05/22/atf-report-warned-military-government-membership-outlaw-motorcycle-gangs/
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SGT Hector Rojas
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The feeling of comraderie?
Shared need for a structured, hierarchical organization to belong to?
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SSgt Forensic Meteorological Consultant
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My friend is a member of Outlaws in Tampa... The characterization of the need for brotherhood does continue. That is not for me but I get it. Not all patched members are 1%ers also.
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SSgt Forensic Meteorological Consultant
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzChkEzKa9I

This guy would come to my house if there is a big problem here.....
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SPC Ei McS
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There are so many other biker gangs where they could feel "comraderie" or where they can find a structured, hierarchical organization to belong to! These points are no reason to choose to belong to one of these most severely troubled biker groups!!!!!!
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SGT Hector Rojas
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Indeed it is not the reason. It is a reason however.

Bad apples are everywhere. In the Armed Forces as well as in biker gangs/clubs.
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MSgt Robert Slagle
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I read a study that was put out a few years ago that claimed 76% of "bikers" are Veterans.

One word...

Brotherhood
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SSG Physical Security Nco
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The media is selling the word "biker" as the same meaning as thug. Not everyone on a motorcycle is in a gang, a criminal or even a biker especially if they ride "occasionally". Not all bikers are thugs or criminals.
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MSgt Equipment Operator
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There are only a select group considered 1%ers such as the Mongrels, Bandidos, Hells Angels etc that are involved with organized crime and violence. They could chose outfits like the Patroit Riders, Rolling Thunder etc.
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Cpl Rc Layne
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The training I have had is that most people join "gangs" for a sense of belonging to something and having a brotherly or family relationship. I can't remember the name of the book, but it was about a DEA agent that infiltrated the Mongols. His mother died during the time period he was undercover. His fellow DEA agents didn't say anything to him about it, but the Mongols were the only ones in his life to express any sympathy. I don't know much more about it than that.
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PO3 Steve Terrano
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The press always look for the worst and over expose it, I go on a lot of rides in the summer all for charity's with all different kinds of bikers, and yes most of us are Veterans just pride to be Americans and give. Just like we all gave to our great country.
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TSgt Joshua Copeland
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As mentioned already, history. Most of the original and many of the "big" OMGs were founded by military vets. The connections are even in thier names and colors. It isn't an accident that the Bandidos colors are Red and Gold and the Hells Angels emblem is the same as the WWII squadron of the same name.
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SSG Army Reserve Career Counselor
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Oh snap! Just like the Bloods and Crips of the 1970's after they came back from the Vietnam war...okay I see.
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