A Marine veteran appeared front and center in uniform at a Donald Trump presidential campaign to sing the national anthem. He has since been contacted by military authorities to cease campaign activities in uniform.
Reservist Cpl. Jason Perkins, currently stationed with Combat Logistics Battalion 451 in Charlotte, North Carolina, performed at a campaign rally on November 21st. He donned his dress blue uniform and gave a resounding performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, as reported by Military.com
Problems arose when a video of the performance began circulating online. Several military service members and veterans were quick to note that the Marine was violating military regulations which prohibits troops from wearing uniforms to political events.
Marine Forces Reserve spokesman Capt. Andrew Chrestman relayed that Perkins has been contacted by the command.
“Cpl. Perkins is now aware that his conduct violated long-standing DoD policy,” Chrestman said in an email to Military.com “[He] has been informed of the appropriate ways to participate in the political process as a member of the Marine Corps.”
Guidelines are provided during boot camp and it’s well known that veterans are strictly prohibited in participating at political events while in uniform. Service members are allowed to participate, but must to so as private citizens in civilian attire.
Marine Forces Reserve posted about the incident on Facebook stating, “Marine Singing National Anthem At Political Event Violated Regulations || Per DoD Directive 1344.10, Marines may attend political events as a spectator when not in uniform, but may not wear the uniform during any political event.”
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