During my time in the military , the active duty part was during Nam, the leadership was not overreacting to complaints about the war.  If they had been I would have probably done a lot of brig time, because by the early seventies it was obvious this war was wrong and I made no bones about saying so while in uniform and the senior enlisted leader of a 100 man division.  I even called the Commander in Chief a liar (Nixon) which he was and proven to be a little later.  Sure the Old Man summoned me and asked if I in fact said those things and I said “Sure Did) and it’s the truth and you know it too.  He admitted that I had the right to say that and asked me to tone it down some.

Today’s army reacts a little differently , this soldier was thrown in the brig for writing and singing a rap song against the Army’s Stop Loss Policy”, on his off duty time.  They charged him with

Military service members do not completely give up their rights to free speech, particularly not when they are doing so artistically while off duty, as was the case with Hall. He is charged under Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which covers “all disorders and neglects to the prejudice of good order and discipline” and “all conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.” The military is claiming that he “communicated a threat” with his song.

They could have waited till his unit was sent to Iraq (which he was on record that he would refuse to go) and brigged him for that , but not they over reacted to his song and jailed him for that with the above bogus charges.  I have little doubt that he will beat these charges and odds are he will be set free in some kind of deal.

I have no problem with them charging him for refusing an order and I doubt he would have objected , when you go on record to your commanding officer of your intention not to go and when he did not go jail him.  Fine , that’s how it’s supposed to work.

The only way the army can meet it’s current obligations in the field is to involuntary extend these troops so they can do another deployment to the sand.  Mind you up to 30% of these troops are suffering already from PTSD  but the army sends them anyway.  The leadership can lie, cover up killings (Tillman) , torture, issue stupid orders that if you get pregnant you can do brig time for both parties (shortly withdrawn) but in issuing it in the first place shows me how  morally lacking these leaders really are.

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  1. Larry J Says:

    It seems the Army did good by giving him a rap on the hands by charging him for writing a bad rap, rather than disobeying an order.

  2. Heidi Says:

    A draft is a draft is a draft.

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