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Military Chief Warns Troops: Stay Out Of Politics

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Military Chief Warns Troops: Stay Out Of Politics The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has written an unusual open letter to all those in uniform, warning them to stay out of politics as the nation approaches a presidential election in which the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be a central, and certainly divisive, issue. "The US military must remain apolitical at all times and in all ways," wrote the chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen, the nation's highest-ranking officer. "It is and must always be a neutral instrument of the state, no matter which party holds sway."

stephley stephley 9 years
I know journalists who don't vote because they feel they should be without politics as well.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Another great example of the many sacrifices our military makes for us. Some people just don't realize the depth of sacrifices made. Another reason why our military should be respected and appreciated.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
UD - Or maybe its the sudden influx of veterans being EXPLOITED that makes him worried.... :ponder:
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I'm wondering if it's the sudden influx of veterans speaking out against or for certain candidates that has him worried. You're right Sarah, this is one of a MAJOR list of sacrifices our service men and women make.
sarah_bellum sarah_bellum 9 years
flutterpie, You confuse having an opinion with expressing one. And I do actually know someone in the military who is of same opinion as Dwight Eisenhower, who did not vote while he was in uniform, because he felt one should be without politics while in serving in the military. It's yet another sacrifice our men and women in uniform make that leaves me humbled.
stephley stephley 9 years
What makes it news is that since it's always been the case, why such a widespread, public reminder? Who's doing what that concerns him?
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
WOOT WOOT HF! This shouldn't be news at anyone is it? This has always been the case. Its rare to even see political bumper stickers on base, and honestly it makes me respect our men and women in uniform even more.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Here's a link with more specifics on military rights. Maybe this will shed some light on it.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Article 88 of the UCMJ, 10 U.S.C. 888 makes it a crime for a military member to use contemptuous words against the President, Congress, etc.
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
So what does he mean by this, that our servicemen and women shouldnt discuss politics one way or another? sort of a dont ask dont tell policy when it coems to the subject of the election? what about voting? should the refrain from voting for fear that someone may find out that they have an actual opinion on the candidates and the issues?
stephley stephley 9 years
I think it's an unusual letter - but this helped: Mullen took his message directly to the U.S. Navy's newest officers on Friday, when he spoke to the Naval Academy's graduating class. Military personnel are obligated to give their unvarnished, even critical, advice to their civilian leaders, he told the class. "If it's followed, great," Mullen said. "If it's not, we only have two choices: obey the orders we have been given, carrying them out with the professionalism and loyalty they deserve, or vote with our feet."
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Well I can understand his point. However! Telling our men and women who fight for our freedoms, one of which is freedom of speech, to not speak, is kinda crappy. I think those who are sent to war because of politicans and put their lives in danger and leave their families should be the ones who are the most in politics. But, that's only my opinion. Go team RED!
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