It’s often said that politics, sex and religion are three things you shouldn’t talk about at work, or while in uniform. I agree. While it’s great that we all have our own opinion, and rightfully so, we also have a set of rules to abide by in the Uniform Code of Military Justice and State Militia Laws.
I can’t tell you how many times I see people on Facebook (who are Soldiers) talking about how bad Obama is, how bad Congress sucks, or the state of today’s world. Many of these Soldiers even have a profile pic with them in a uniform in it.
Also, many Soldiers discuss their political views with friends, family or strangers while meeting face to face or via email.
In my opinion, it’s stupid to talk about your political views while you are a Soldier. It will seldom do you any good and it will often come back to haunt you.
You have to remember that while you are in the military you are a public figure. People are always watching what you do and say, specifically when you are in uniform. You need to make sure you are a true professional at all times and that you uphold the image of a professional Soldier. It’s part of your responsibility in being a Soldier. It just comes with the ground, whether you like it or not.
This applies to ALL ranks, both enlisted and officers.
Also, if people know you are a Soldier, I still wouldn’t express your political views, even if you are off duty in civilian clothes. You should just keep your views to yourself until you retire or get out.
You see, when you are in uniform and you speak with others, you are representing the government, whether you realize it or not. The last thing you want to do is say something political that gets published in the paper, on video or on social media.
Once again, I’m not saying you can’t have an opinion about politics. You should. And you should educate yourself about both parties, the system, what’s working, and what isn’t working. You need to read up on the Constitution and know what’s going on in today’s world.
But as you do that, do yourself a favor and keep your mouth shut about your views so you don’t say or do something dumb or inappropriate that comes back and ruins your career, or has you meeting with your Commander or JAG.
What are your thoughts about talking about politics while serving in the Army, ARNG or USAR? Leave a comment below and let us know.