Social media can be a great way to stay connected, but it can also be a great way to destroy a career. With the use of multimedia platforms, posts have gone viral when people make mistakes, especially those in the military.
Some would argue that when military personnel post inappropriate information or photos online, it’s a much bigger deal than their civilian counterparts. People have died in that uniform, defending our flag and country; our country’s veterans and military supporters are much less forgiving when it comes to tarnishing the uniform.
When a servicemember signs up, they agree to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States and with that comes specific obligations. There are rules and regulations to which servicemember are bound with strict guidance on “good order and discipline”.
Simply stated, as government employees, they’re bound by law to act in a way not to embarrass the uniform. Several servicemembers have also been found guilty violating the good order and discipline in the last six weeks, with the most recent from Instagram user @sheffeynation, Tariqka Sheffey where she fully admitted to hiding in her car to avoid saluting the flag.
What’s even more disturbing is that she followed up with yet another post inciting veterans and civilians stating that she isn’t sorry for her actions before, showing another instance of blatant disregard of military order.
The Commander of the 43rd Sustainment Group could decide to simply NJP in violation of the UCMJ article 134, but if they wanted to use her case to set an example, Sheffey could face a prison sentence for “Insubordination or Failure to Obey Regulations”.