The Defense Department has sent out a list of do’s and don’ts for active service members as the election period grows closer. Defense Secretary Mark Esper commented on the appropriate behavior for military service members and their political views. “As citizens, we exercise our right to vote and participate in government. However, as public servants who have taken an oath to defend these principles, we uphold DoD’s longstanding tradition of remaining apolitical as we carry out our official responsibilities,” Esper commented. Service members are permitted to attend rallies, speeches, and donate to political candidates, but must do so out of uniform and in their free time. Political content posted on social media has created a new aspect for consideration, but it is generally accepted that politics-related posts are permitted on personal accounts.
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