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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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