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Political Activities. Rules of the Road. Army personnel spoke at McCain rally . The Issues. Political Activities by Military Personnel Political Activities by Civilian Employees. References. DoDD 1344.10, Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces on Active Duty, 2 Aug 04

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Political activities

Political Activities

Rules of the Road



The issues
The Issues

  • Political Activities by Military Personnel

  • Political Activities by Civilian Employees


References
References

  • DoDD 1344.10, Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces on Active Duty, 2 Aug 04

  • DepSecDef memo, subject: Civilian Employees’ Participation in Political Activities, 31 May 2006

  • SecDef message 072107Z Jun 06, DoD Public Affairs Policy Guidance Concerning Political Campaigns and Elections

  • Political Activity of Federal Employees 5 CFR 734

    http://www.dod.mil/dodgc/defense_ethics/ethics_regulation/734/


Dod policy
DoD Policy

  • “It is DoD policy to encourage members of the Armed Forces … to carry out the obligations of citizenship … however, members are prohibited from engaging in certain political activities.”

    DoD 1344.10


Military members may
Military Members May:

  • Register to vote & vote

  • Express purely personal opinions

    • Personal capacity ONLY (not as representative of Armed Forces)

  • Encourage others to participate in political process

  • Join a political club & attend meetings

    • NOT in uniform

  • Submit personal letter to editor

    • Personal views ONLY (not as representative of Armed Forces)

    • Cannot be part of solicitation of votes or letter-writing campaign

  • Give money to political organizations

  • Display normal-sized bumper stickers


Military members may not
Military Members May Not:

  • Use official authority or influence to affect campaign

  • Be a candidate for or hold or exercise functions of civil office

  • Participate in partisan political management, campaigns or conventions

    • Except as a spectator, not in uniform

  • Allow or cause to be published partisan political articles that solicit votes for or against a party, candidate or cause

  • Speak before a partisan political gathering

  • Display large signs or posters on POVs


Civilian employees may
Civilian Employees May:

  • Participate in political organizations

    • As officers

    • Attend / participate in conventions or rallies

    • Serve as delegates

  • Take active part in political campaigns

    • Canvass voters

    • Endorse candidates (private capacity)

    • Address a political convention

    • Manage political campaign

    • Distribute literature


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