AS400_Sample_Position_Paper - POSITION PAPER OF SERVICEMEN...

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POSITION PAPER OF SERVICEMEN FREE SPEECH 1. There exists some controversy surrounding the restrictions the government puts on military members preventing them from speaking freely about their opinions of government, politics, or national leaders. There are reasonable arguments on both sides of the discussion, but the current policy is the better approach because of the demands of military discipline and national security. Opponents to the current policy argue that servicemen and women should be able to speak up based on their rights as citizens and that they could be speaking on matters of military policy that could mean life or death for them. Supporters of the current policy claim that it is of dire importance to not allow any loss of respect of higher orders. Essentially, it allows military members to focus on the mission at hand to be maximally effective for the sake of preserving democracy 2. The right of free speech has been a core freedom that this nation has proudly and ostentatiously paraded since its inception. George Washington stated, “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” 1 Yet, Article 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) prohibits commissioned officers from speaking or writing "contemptuous words" against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, or the Secretary of a military department, among others, and DOD Directive 1344.10
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AERO 140 taught by Professor Williamperis during the Fall '11 term at UCLA.

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