I agree. Folks have a right to protest under the rules and the rules for military can be quite different.Maybenaut wrote:Here's an article from the Washington Post about a Navy Sailor who refused to salute during the National Anthem.
I have mixed feelings about this. I get where she's coming from, but you can't pick and choose which regulations you're going to follow.
There are many folks who end up being surprised when they find out that the UCMJ Uniform Code of Military Justice governing the military is in ways quite different from being a normal civilian.
I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't offer punishment under Article 15 (no civilian record/traces) - and hopefully the troop is smart enough to sign it. A court marshal record would not be helpful (Special/BCD Special as IIRR you can refuse the Article 15 and the lowest level CM - the Summary or judge only court marshal).