The Military, Social Media, and Politics: Restrictions Apply

Participation in politics is not the same for a member of the Armed Forces as it is for civilians. These limits have always applied. There are certain restrictions placed upon each member of service as a matter of law. The reason for these restrictions is to prevent any semblance of the military having any effect upon an election. With the advent of participation in politics via social media, new considerations and limitations have been brought to bear. Within the military it is accepted as another cost of serving your country. Read more in the article below.  

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Via the Standard-Examiner,

Air Force Warns Airmen Against Talking Politics on Social Media:

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — In a year that will undoubtedly be headlined by politics both national and local, the Air Force is warning airmen to watch what they say and how they say it.

With the 2016 presidential election just nine months away, the Air Force released an informational video last week, reminding airmen of Department of Defense regulations on discussing politics on social media.

In the video, Tech. Sgt. Holly Roberts-Davis cites a long-established DoD directive that prohibits active-duty military members from directly participating in partisan political activities, but includes updates as the policy relates to social media.

Things like campaigning for a candidate, soliciting donations to a particular campaign and even wearing a military uniform to a partisan political event have long been outlawed by the military, Roberts-Davis says in the video. But 21st century ways of communicating have extended those same concepts to the online world.

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