Posted on Jan 1, 2021
SFC Kathy Pepper
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When I was in Basic Training in 1981, our Drill Sergeant told us that we may not speak against the President because he is our boss; over the next 35 years, I heard only one Soldier make an offensive comment. I have been reading opinions about LTC Alexander Vindman, and have seen Trump being both vilified and deified. Is it considered okay to make disrespectful comments when one is no longer active?
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MAJ Dale E. Wilson, Ph.D.
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Maybe Douglas MacArthur, James Mattis, or John Kelly will weigh in on this. Seriously, though, for all the complaints about Trump's "thin skin," he has been remarkably tolerant of the vituperation heaped upon him.

I suspect many of us critical of the president elect, the left in general and of a Christian conservative bent are going to find out when Big Tech and the DOJ finish their review of our social media footprint. . . .
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SP5 James Johnson
SP5 James Johnson
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SSG Ron Tamoschat - Only when they start it first.
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SSG Ron Tamoschat
SSG Ron Tamoschat
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Not true. he does it whenever he takes a dislike for someone. If you say something he doesn't like , he gets very nasty , unreasonably so.
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PFC Herman Stevenson
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PFC Herman Stevenson
PFC Herman Stevenson
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Wow! Great great message. Love all of it. PFC John Roscoe
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Capt Gregory Prickett
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The UCMJ prohibits serving officers from using "contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Homeland Security. . . ." (Art. 88, UCMJ). An enlisted member would be charged under the general article, art. 134.

But the UCMJ doesn't apply to reservists who are not on duty. So reservists can do so to their hearts content.
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SPC Cathy Santos
SPC Cathy Santos
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And it is the reserves and civilians who are destroying the integrity of the ranks and creating a climate of social injustices that distract from our national defense and readiness.
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Capt Gregory Prickett
Capt Gregory Prickett
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SGT (Join to see) - Whether you hold yourself to a "higher" standard or not is debatable, but regardless, as a guardsman and reservist, you are still not subject to the UCMJ unless you are under Title 10 orders.

You are, however, subject to the Idaho Code of Military Justice, which based on the "Model State Code of Military Justice". That code also has an Art. 88, and you could conceivably be liable to prosecution under that code. You would need to check with a lawyer licensed in Idaho to see if you have to be in a duty status or not.

In either case, it's not running and hiding under a Reservist's rock, the government either has jurisdiction to court-martial you or not.
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PO3 Rick Smith
PO3 Rick Smith
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Basic @ GLI in NOV_FEB WAs cold * we actually marched in heavy snow with OLD M-16 from WWI
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Sgt William Grau
Sgt William Grau
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M-16 from WWI?
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I've seen a few of our active duty members make some questionable comments about the current president. The UCMJ seems to be a suggestion for the modern military. The type of comments I see today would have AD's in some hot water just 30 years ago.
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Sgt William Grau
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Sgt Bob Corridan
Sgt Bob Corridan
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MAJ (Join to see) - With all deference to your rank, Major, please clarify to what measure Biden is professional and non-detrimental to that which consisted of "the Greatest Generation" who in-turn laid the foundation as to how you and I were raised...the moral compass that was passed onto us...the code of ethics that was passed on to us...the difference between what is right and what is wrong to an end result of that which is just....clarify for me where Biden and his whole crew approximate the qualities of any of this. Sitting all other issues aside, here lies the bigger issue...the much much much bigger issue and that is this...the populace of Delaware put him in office over and over and over again.....and this is the brightest and the best that comes out of Delaware a state that over 60 U.S. Corporations incorporate because of the favorable tax status all the while the Clown in Chief is telling those very same corporations to "pay your fair share". Look at Joe's voting record on corporate tax rates in Delaware and that will tell you all you need to now. That is nothing something I can to not align myself.
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Sgt Bob Corridan - I'm sorry: what I meant was that *our criticism of* the President, SecDef, SecArmy, and others, is too often done in an unprofessional and detrimental manner. Even if we've got all our facts straight, and the bosses are as bad as we say they are-- maybe some of them are worse.
We don't have to like them, but we're required to honor their offices, however unworthy they are of those offices or however fraudulently they attained them. And that means showing some respect for those holding the offices while they're in them and we're in our own official capacities.
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Sgt Bob Corridan
Sgt Bob Corridan
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Your statement, "however they fraudulently attained them" just defined the IIIrd Reich by a prior Corporal who was a paper hanger and drove a nation into the worst conflict this country and its men and women have ever seen. That is not a path I choose to hump.
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