PUBLIC DISPLAY OR DEPICTION OF FLAGS IN THE NAVY:
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SUBJ/PUBLIC DISPLAY OR DEPICTION OF FLAGS IN THE NAVY//
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AMPN/Reference (a) is Secretary of Defense Memorandum Subj: Public Display or
Depiction of Flags in the Department of Defense.
Reference (b) is Under Secretary of the Navy Memorandum Subj: Public Display
or Depiction of Flags in the Department of the Navy.
RMKS/1. In references (a) and (b), the Secretary of Defense and Under
Secretary of the Navy state that our number one mission is to provide combat-
ready naval forces able to deter conflict or, if necessary, prevail in
combat. In order to ensure our forces are ready, these references highlight
the importance of unit cohesion and note that flags are powerful symbols.
The flags we fly must accord with the military imperatives of good order and
discipline, treating all our people with dignity and respect, and rejecting
divisive symbols. Paragraph 2 below quotes reference (a).
2. Consequently, in addition to the American flag, Service members and
civilian employees are authorized to display or depict representational flags
that promote unity and esprit de corps, including:
a. Flags of U.S. States and Territories and the District of Columbia; b.
Military Service flags; c. Flag or General Officer flags; d. Presidentially-
appointed, Senate-confirmed civilian flags; e. Senior Executive Service (SES)
and Military Department-specific SES flags; f. The POW/MIA flag; g. Flags of
other countries, for which the United States is an ally or partner, or for
official protocol purposes; h. Flags of organizations in which the United
States is a member (e.g., NATO) i. Ceremonial, command, unit, or branch flags
or guidons. This guidance applies to public displays or depictions of flags
by Service members and civilian employees in all Department of Defense work
places, common access areas, and public areas, including, but not limited to:
a. Office buildings, facilities, naval vessels, aircraft, government
vehicles, hangars, garages, ready rooms, conference rooms, individual
offices, cubicles, storage rooms, tool and equipment rooms, workshops, break
rooms, kitchens /galleys, recreational areas, commissaries, Navy and Marine
Corps and Army and Air Force exchanges, and heads/latrines/restrooms -
including property and buildings off installation leased by the Department;
b. Sensitive compartmented information facilities and other secure
facilities; c. Open-bay barracks, berthing areas, and common areas of
barracks and bachelor quarters; d. School houses and training facilities; e.
All spaces or items in public or plain view, such as the outside areas of any
Department of Defense buildings and government-operated or public-private
venture housing (e.g., parking lots, yards, gazebos, or porches).
3. I expect all Commanders to exercise their authority in a way that
maintains unit cohesion and good order and discipline, while respecting the
rights of Sailors and civilian employees. To aid Commanders in balancing
these considerations as they implement the references, Commanders should
consult a judge advocate or legal counsel.
4. Released by Admiral Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations.//