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 Is it considered okay to make disrespectful comments when one is no longer active?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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SGT Richard McArthur
SGT Richard McArthur
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PO2 Mike Vignapiano - Thank you. I was aware that for crimes committed while serving, a discharged person could be prosecuted and convicted under the UCMJ. But I was completely unaware of anything allowing prosecution under UCMJ of a retiree for offenses committed while retired.
As you might gather, I'm not a military retiree. 18 months in service, then a time in reserve (never activated).
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PO2 Mike Vignapiano
PO2 Mike Vignapiano
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No worries. This is a great medium for everyone to learn and share knowledge.
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COL William Oseles
COL William Oseles
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SGT Richard McArthur - Retired Pay is Reduced Pay for Reduced level of activity. You could be recalled to Active Duty but it is not likely unless you are High Profile.
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MAJ (Join to see) I think maybe service members have gotten away with it in this case because Trump caught so much criticism that he can’t possibly be aware of all of it.
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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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Maj Robert Larkowski
Maj Robert Larkowski
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But I guess that General Flynn is exempt from this, otherwise he would be on the carpet to anwer for what he said!
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Capt Gregory Prickett
Capt Gregory Prickett
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Maj Robert Larkowski - He's not exempt, and is subject to a court-martial if he violates the UCMJ.
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Maj Robert Larkowski
Maj Robert Larkowski
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Maybe politics are involved otherwise I Do Believe that he should answer for what he said!
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MSgt Seth Trent
MSgt Seth Trent
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Maj Robert Larkowski - There are several Officers that should answer for their actions during President Trump's term as well.
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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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George Avery
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Cpl (Join to see) - On the other hand, the Articles of War existed back to the Revolution. For example, Article 62 of the 1912-1920 revision of the Army Articles specifically addressed disrespect to the President, Vice President, and Secretary of War. Article 5 of the Civil War era version stated that "Any officer or soldier who shall use contemptuous or disrespectful words against the President of the United States, against the Vice-President thereof, against Congress of the United States, or against the Chief Magistrate or Legislature of any of the United States, in which he may be quartered, if a commissioned officer, shall be cashiered, or otherwise be punished, as a courts-martial shall direct; if a non-commissioned officer or soldier, he shall suffer such punishment as shall be inflicted on him by the sentence of a court-martial."

In essence, nothing has changed about the status of disrespectful conduct towards the President. Remember, military law did not begin with the National Security Act of 1947.
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SSgt Jendayi Saada
SSgt Jendayi Saada
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Cpl (Join to see) No, they just tried to deny his eligibility for office by fabricated the birther lie that he wasn’t born in America.
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jendayi, sorry you've been fed a load of bull? The story actually began in Illinois in 2004. Hllary's camp started using it because Obama begin taking her spotlight. The media blamed republicans during the 2008 election to create hatred to generate votes for their choice of a democrat candidate. Please do some research.

https://www.politico.com/story/2011/04/birtherism-where-it-all-began-053563
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1SG Marc Jensen
1SG Marc Jensen
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SSgt Saada - Where someone is born is much less important than to whom; Barry Sotero was born to an American mother, so he was born American....wherever that occurred (Kenya has a memorial as his birthplace). Barry's real issue was that he attended college in the US as a foreign student, meaning he renounced his US citizenship as an adult in order to do so; that is what made him ineligible to become POTUS and why his educational records are sealed and hidden. Well, that and loathing the US....
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