Wednesday, March 22, 2006

In the Sandbox...

Contempt Violates Directive

"The writers of the March 13 letters “Enlisted can speak their minds” and “Don’t believe major’s hype” have failed to do their research concerning Article 88 and its applicability toward enlisted members.

Had they done so, they would have learned about DOD Directive 1344.10, which governs the political activities by members of the Armed Forces on active duty. Paragraph 4.1.3 Enclosure 3 specifies permitted and prohibited activities for servicemembers.Further examination of enclosure 3 (paragraph E3.3.11) states a member on active duty may not “use contemptuous words against the officeholders described in 10 U.S.C. 888 (reference (b)), or participate in activities proscribed by references (c) and (d).”

Title 10, U.S.C. 888 specifies these officials as, “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.”

Failure to obey this directive, signed Aug. 2, 2004, would be a violation of Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Failure to Obey an Order or Regulation. So in short the major is correct and both writers are wrong.

-Maj. Sean P. Wilson, Hohenfels, Germany (Stars & Stripes: Letters to the Editor)

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