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 Is it considered okay to make disrespectful comments when one is no longer active?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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PO1 George White
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Well it is easy to see that PFC John Roscoe has an economic IQ equal to his age, which I guess is about 19. But, what the heck his political IQ just might make it a few points higher, maybe around 21.

In the meantime as he works to raise those, he should also be attending English composition and writing courses.

Seemingly unbeknownst to John Roscoe, thanks to those capitalists he curses, worldwide (not just the USA) poverty has been reduced from about 50% in the 70s to about 6% today. That is the economic success and power of capitalism, which we all participate in whether we like it or not because there is no other way to provide for people. Communism certainly fails miserably; but, then without the underpinning of capitalism the USSR wouldn't even have been able to build decent military hardware.

Then politically, John loses again, Democrats long ago shifted to hardcore Marxism as their chosen ideology and the Republican party followed them during the Clinton presidency. Two parties selling your tax dollars for votesl.

I have seen them all from FDR to Biden, and Trump did more for the USA in his four years than any of them, and he didn't use your tax dollars to campaign and win.

Summarizing, anyone who is foolish enough to buy into any tiny shred of the Marxists ideology likely can do his own eyeball prostrate examination, their head is that far up there.
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MAJ Dale E. Wilson, Ph.D.
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1SG Craig Gardner
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PO1 George White - You, my friend, are a funny mother******! I love it!
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SPC Chris Ison
SPC Chris Ison
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I suspect all the vitriol towards Trump comes from civilians and not service members.
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No it's not okay. I was told the same thing and during 35 years of honorable service, I respected the Office of the President and the Commander-in-Chief. I did so regardless of whether or not I voted for him or if I agreed or disagreed with his agenda. After President Obama was elected, people I had served with for years suddenly decided it was okay to openly denounce a president's character and/or his policies. Particularly those about women in combat, gays openly serving in the military and the ACA, so anyone who thinks this type of behavior started under President Trump has a convenient or selective memory. In fact, during the Obama administration a General Officer was recalled to Washington and forced to retire for making public comments in opposition of the administration. I'll say here what I told my troops then. I don't give a rat's ass if you disagree with the administration, we are here to execute policy, not create it. Most importantly, we swore an oath to uphold the Constitution. Vote for who you want and campaign for or support who you want during your off-duty hours. When on duty keep your damn pie hole shut. It's time we got back to some regular order and discipline.

Revision: After a member retires or otherwise separates from service, they have as much of a right to criticize the President as anyone else. As far as being disrespectful goes, I would say you get what you give. In my opinion candidate Trump disrespected a sitting U.S. Senator, who was a retired naval officer and former POW, before he even held office.
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SSG Marcus Johnson
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CMSgt (Join to see) I have done all that except rn for office. I am for the constitution. Tat was my point. Too many in office don't. And way to many idiots vote for them. Sometimes you have to support the constitution by opposing those in office. If anyone thinks this administration is good for our country they are misguided at best. I served for America and Americans. Not open borders, Leaving Americans behind in Afghanistan or a host of other bad legislation. CMSgt,this is not about me. It's about the future of my country and my children and grandchildren. I love America and I don't like our government.
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SFC Kathy Pepper
SFC Kathy Pepper
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LtCol Bruce Janis -
I originally intended to ignore your post because I consider your comments to be inane; I think anyone who takes a few sentences to be a highlight of *anything* lacks imagination. However, you asked me a question and I believe in answering legitimate questions. If you simply intended to make snarky comments, please disregard the following:

1. We did not cheer because a member of the Armed Forces “derided” Obama; we cheered because the military member was castigated for his derision because active military does not disrespect the President. Period.

2. I do not remember GEN Milley disparaging Mr Trump, so I researched on-line (liberal, conservative, and moderate websites); I could not find any verified references to his personal comments about Trump. Authors interviewed Milley for books (which I have no intention of debating), and he gave the facts as he knew them and his opinion of events.

3. If I had heard any derisive comments, I would have been dismayed about the state of our nation and would certainly NOT have cheered.

4. There is no one outside of my living room who has a clear idea of my political ideology, so do not assume to know any of my opinions.
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SGT David Schrader
SGT David Schrader
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I first entered the Army in 1971 and was told the same thing, that we were not allowed to speak publicly about any elected official or participate in any political rallies, demonstrations or campaign for any politician. Any violation could lead to UCMJ Action.
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SGT David Schrader
SGT David Schrader
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Writing constructively to your elected officials is perfectly fine. That should be between you and the elected official.Sgt Jennifer Locker
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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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Capt Gregory Prickett
Capt Gregory Prickett
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SMSgt Sheila Berg - sure you can. It depends on the manner of use. For example, I could use my rank on my business card, so long as I indicated that I was retired (e.g., "Capt. Gregory J. Prickett, USAF (ret.)") and I would be in compliance with DOD regs. I don't, but that's mainly because I don't see an advantage to doing so. Perhaps if I were in San Antonio, near Lackland or Randolph, I would, but I'm not.
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SFC Douglas Entwistle
SFC Douglas Entwistle
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They may not do so while presenting themselves as members of the military, regardless of duty status. Even if off UTA or AD/ADT, if they wear the uniform, speak as a member of the military while in civilian clothes, or wear such clothing that a reasonable person would conclude they are military members (a unit T, etc) they are still subject to military, jurisdiction regulations such as the UCMJ and Ethics regulations
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COL Bill Gross
COL Bill Gross
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However, you can offer strong criticism of his policies.
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Capt Gregory Prickett
Capt Gregory Prickett
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SFC Douglas Entwistle - incorrect. They are still not subject to the UCMJ if not on active duty or in a inactive duty status as a member of the federal reserve forces. A Guard member isn't subject unless on Title 10 orders, normally overseas. We had a USAF OSI unit that was trying to criminally investigate some of our airmen while they were on annual training. They were really cocky with us until the NGB called the USAF JAG, who then called the base commander who then called the OSI commander. He then dropped his investigation and turned it over to us.
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