YearlyKos and The Uniformed Soldier

If you’ve read any of those claims on right wing blogs (such as here) about the conflict with a military officer in uniform at YearlyKos, which the right wingers have used to spread their false claims that liberals oppose the military, the full story is given here. It’s a rather long account and it is best for those interested to read it in full. Here’s one key point made:

Suddenly, into the ballroom marched an Army sergeant. And this sergeant was on a mission. You could tell, because he was wearing his Class A green Army uniform.

Being an Army officer myself, I notice this kind of stuff immediately. My first thought was, “WTF is this guy doing? Has he lost his mind?” The thing is, every soldier knows that you don’t take part in politics while you’re in your uniform. It’s not only highly inappropriate—it’s also illegal. And there’s a good reason for it, too: When you wear the uniform, you are representing the military, and it is essential that the military never, ever wade into politics. That’s what banana republics do—and it causes all kinds problems with regard to democratic processes and corruption. Just look at these fine examples of mixing the uniform with politics and governance: Moammar Qaddafi, Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, Manuel Noreiga. It’s just not a good idea—and that’s why we don’t do it. Ever. Period.

You can read the regulations here and here. (As an aside, it is legal to use past photographs of yourself in uniform, which is why Pete Hegseth can do it at Vets for Freedom and why we can do it at VoteVets.org.)

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