Do we need 124 Courts-Martial?
There are four castes in the US military rank system, enlisted, warrant, reserve commission, and regular commission. All are sworn to protect and defend the Constitution. Only enlisted members include an oath to obey the orders of the president and of officers appointed over them. All but regular commissioned officers have a time limit on their obligation and can be discharged from their obligation. Regular commissioned officers serve without such limit to age 62 unless having attained flag rank, in which case the age limit does not apply. Retirement from service is not automatic; it must be requested and approved after honorable service has been rendered. Retired members of any rank remain subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
UCMJ Article 88 reads “Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”
I believe the letter recently signed by 124 flag officers should be considered a very public violation of Article 88. SecDef should demand a set of Article 32 hearings forthwith to determine whether to permit these flag officers to request dismissal from retired service and so preclude federal felony convictions by courts-martial.
I am not a member of any political party and have multiple disagreements with the handling of human natural and civil rights in current administration. I am an American airman who believes in justice to preserve good order and discipline within the ranks.