Sunday, September 25, 2016

Navy Publishes Guidance Warning Sailors Not to Protest National Anthem

In the wake of two sailors going public with their decision to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement by refusing to stand when the Star Spangled Banner is played, Navy Reserve Forces Command today published guidance warning troops that they can be punished or prosecuted for such protests.

A message directed at active-duty sailors and reserve personnel on active duty cites Navy Regulation 1205, which mandates that personnel in uniform must stand at attention and face the flag when the national anthem is played. It also notes that a Navy administrative message published in 2009 requires Navy active-duty personnel in civilian clothes to face the flag, stand at attention, and place their right hand over their heart.

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  1. Need to make an example of the next one with a DD and a year in the brig, that'll put an end to it.

  2. I never thought I'd see the day when any American had to face punishment to compel them to honor their country's flag or national anthem. SAD!


  3. Why do sailors in mufti have to render, "Present Arms!", in civilian fashion?

    Didn't the Navy get the notice from the Pentagon AND the Veterans Administration, which was issued many YEARS ago, that veterans in civilian clothing may now render a military-style, "Present Arms!", when honoring the flag, and/or as would be appropriate for any other military occasions?

    1. When I was in the Army in the late '70s we had a few blacks not snap to at Taps and the National Anthem. We MP's found out who they were and detailed them to the PM. We took them far out past the firing ranges and taught them a beat down they would never forget. They were told next time a DD and charges and a beat down in the brig while trying to escape...