Party Poopers Strike Again

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  1. NorwichDad

    NorwichDad Member

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    DoD throws cold water on 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

    “ALS Association is a national non-profit organization,” according to the fiat, which was posted on the Facebook page of Fort Irwin, California. “As such, participating in this event is subject to concerns about implied endorsement. The OGC is the federal agency that has final say on appropriate ethical behavior for the DOD.”

    http://www.armytimes.com/article/20...2/DOD-throws-cold-water-Ice-Bucket-Challenge-
     
  2. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Rules trump reason.
     
  3. Physicsguru

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    The ruling doesn't say a member can't participate. It just says that the member can't be in uniform or show any affiliation. I know of several of my former students who participated, but they were in civvies at non-military locations.
     
  4. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    DoD is behind on the times.

    A few years back, coordinating the Coast Guard's portion of a DOD outreach program, I was going to put civilian participants in the water (in gumby suits) off of AIRSTA Kodiak and have the Coast Guard hoist each one (something we did as cadets at ATC Mobile.

    Well, it was a battle with the PDASD and DASD, but eventually they agreed, provided we had "hold harmless" agreements from our legal office for the participants to sign.

    Coast Guard legal pushed back.

    "They know this is useless right? You can't sign away your right to sue." said one senior lawyer.

    Apparently DOD doesn't know tort law in the U.S.

    I passed on to OSD-PA that hold harmless agreements are worthless, but we went through the motions anyway.

    Army legal did the same thing in DC. The Washington Nationals had "military day." The Army, after a number of years of supporting it, said no, it's endorsing the team.... and then a few years later they were back at it. I know we like to THINK lawyers have it together, but they're just as likely to get it wrong as anyone else. The ebb and flow of poor legal decisions in the military.... wonderful.
     
  5. Zaphod

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    It's government....
     

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