Posted: 9:10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013
By Rick Couri
Among the many with opinions on a possible American strike on Syria are people saying they are active duty members of the US military.
Pictures of several people wearing Marine, navy, and Air Force uniforms while holding signs against the strikes have surfaced and are causing immediate reaction.
Several have “liked” the pictures on Facebook but there are also questions about whether or not these kids of acts are allowed or are they seen as political statements?
The answer lies in the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Article 88 which says:
Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.
There are rules for non-commissioned officers as well, those are covered in Article 92 under “failure to follow an order.” That states:
Any person subject to this chapter who–
(1) Violates or fails to obey any lawful general order or regulation;
(2) having knowledge of any other lawful order issued by any member of the armed forces, which it is his duty to obey, fails to obey the order; or
(3) Is derelict in the performance of his duties;
shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.
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