CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – A message released by Headquarters
Marine Corps reinforces policies involving Marines and Sailors participation in
partisan political activities.
According to Marine Corps Administrative Message 603/15, active
duty Marines and Sailors are allowed to register, vote and they are also
allowed to express a personal opinion on political candidates, but may not do
so as representatives of the Armed Forces.
The message, released on December 1, also states that
Marines and Sailors will not be in uniform when attending partisan or
nonpartisan political fundraising activities, meetings, rallies, debates or
Dora Rodriguez, assistant installation voting officer for
Marine Corps Installations-West, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, says all
commands should review the message and ensure that all service members are
aware of their limits to political support as we enter an election year.
“It’s a good thing, to remind everyone what they can and
can’t do because once the election starts going fast and furious, you might get
caught up,” said Dora M. Rodriguez, an assistant installation voting assistance
officer at Marine Corps Installations West-Marine Corps Base. “A lot of people
are not familiar with the rules and regulations.”
The message also addresses active duty Marines and Sailors
political interaction on social media.
An active duty Marine or Sailor can express his or her own
personal views via social media but if it identifies the member as active duty,
or if the member is otherwise identifiable as an active duty member, then the
entry must explicitly state the views expressed are those of the individual
only and are not shared with the Department of Defense.
“We as Americans, we
make the rules that we follow,” said Rodriquez. “We need to set guidelines and
boundaries because there are people that will go overboard. These rules are in
place to make sure the vote will always be a democratic vote.”
For more information on voting and registration visit the
Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website.