Accession Number:

ADA434870

Title:

Politicians in the Ranks: A Review of the Law and Policy Governing Civil Officeholders in Military Service

Descriptive Note:

Strategy research project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-03-18

Pagination or Media Count:

39.0

Abstract:

An important attribute of military professionalism is adherence to the principle of nonpartisanship. Partisanship can undermine military professionalism to the detriment of civil-military relations. The goal of a nonpartisan U.S. military is supported by Federal law and Department of Defense policy restricting the political activities of members of the Armed Forces. Some of these restrictions are directed at members who hold a civil office or desire to seek such an office. This strategy research paper reviews the law and policy governing civil officeholders in military service, assesses how well it protects the military from involvement in partisan politics or the perception thereof, and recommends needed changes.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE