Soldiers in Uniform during DNC Roll Call

Devil Doc

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I had to do a double take. Their name tapes are visible. They’re junior in rank so I guess not knowing that they are not allowed to do that could be an excuse but my question is why?

Why did the delegates even think it was necessary to have military personnel in uniform present in the video?

It just looked weird with them standing there regardless of the regulation against that activity.
 

Capt MJ

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Those soldiers probably never thought their names would be mentioned in the early morning briefing to three and four stars and service secretaries.

To be fair to them, they probably had no clue. Maybe they had done a color guard ceremony, and some complete civilian said, “hey, go get in the shot.”
 

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I find that extremely hard to believe. Even as a midshipman DS was always meticulous about where and when he could/would wear a uniform. Took Mom a lot of work just to get him in uniform for a picture.
I consider myself an absolutist when it comes to mixing politics in with the military, to the point of avoiding all possible appearances. I'm sure the official policy will be rightly drilled into their young heads.

But, this isn't exactly Camp Lejeune and Jacksonville, NC. It's a USAR Center in Pago Pago on a 77 sq. mile dot in the middle of the Pacific. My guess is that those soldiers, like many of their Pacific Islander forebears, are proud to wear their uniforms as an affirmation of being American soldiers. They probably jump at the chance to show them off. They can't even vote for President anyway. I say round up a couple of other soldiers to show when the Repubs do their Roll Call and call it square.

Got to admit the backdrop of that picture is stunning.
 

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I consider myself an absolutist when it comes to mixing politics in with the military, to the point of avoiding all possible appearances. I'm sure the official policy will be rightly drilled into their young heads.

But, this isn't exactly Camp Lejeune and Jacksonville, NC. It's a USAR Center in Pago Pago on a 77 sq. mile dot in the middle of the Pacific. My guess is that those soldiers, like many of their Pacific Islander forebears, are proud to wear their uniforms as an affirmation of being American soldiers. They probably jump at the chance to show them off. They can't even vote for President anyway. I say round up a couple of other soldiers to show when the Repubs do their Roll Call and call it square.

Got to admit the backdrop of that picture is stunning.
I agree entirely.
 

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^^^^ Well I guess I can see that. So many go into the military or football. DS's AMOI was a Samoan. The finest looking physical specimen of a Marine that I ever saw. The man had a waist like a wasp and his biceps were bowling balls. He also taught the long distance running class for the PE department. DS said it was always weird to hear folks on campus call him "Coach", instead of "Master Sergeant".
 

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Two junior enlisted in a political photo op creates holy hell and Army investigation..... Chairman of Joint Chiefs in a political photo op that very likely violated several citizen's Freedom of Speech rights...crickets, no investigation. I hope these junior enlisted and everyone in their chain of command are able to use this for their defense just like the General did!

“I should not have been there,” Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a prerecorded video commencement address to National Defense University. “My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.”
 
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