POLICY REMINDER CONCERNING POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS:
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SUBJ/POLICY REMINDER CONCERNING POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS//
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REF/C/DOC/5 U.S.C, SEC. 7321-7326//
REF/D/DOC/5 C.F.R. PARTS 733-734//
NARR/REF A IS 2018 DOD ELECTION YEAR POLICY PAG. REF B IS DOD DIRECTIVE ON
POLITICAL ACTIVITIES BY MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES.
REF C IS THE HATCH ACT OF 1939, AS AMENDED IN 1993. REF D IS FEDERAL
REGULATIONS ON POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. REF E IS DOD
INSTRUCTION ON WEARING OF THE UNIFORM. REF F IS THE UNITED STATES NAVY
UNIFORM REGULATIONS. REF G IS THE U.S OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, FREQUENTLY
ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE HATCH ACT.
RMKS/1. Midterm elections are approaching soon. The campaign season is in
full swing. This is our democratic process in action, and an important and
vibrant part of being Americans; it's important that we all vote. The
Federal Voting Assistance Program works to ensure all service members who
want to vote have the tools and resources to successfully do so from anywhere
in the world.
2. It's also important that as we participate in the democratic process, we
do so in a way that preserves the military's longstanding posture of being
As members of the Navy, we cannot give the perception that we sponsor,
endorse, or approve any political candidate, campaign, or cause. This is
also an important part of our democracy - we do not have a politically
3. The Navy and the Department of Defense (DoD) have clear policies that
help us strike the right balance between our right and obligation to vote,
while not engaging in any prohibited political activities. These policies
support and enable a fair political process by prohibiting the use of Navy
and DoD installations and facilities for political activities by candidates
running for office. As well, we must behave in a way that avoids the
perception of Navy or DoD sponsorship, approval, or endorsement.
For instance, we must not wear our uniforms in connection with any political
activities, such as attendance at any political event.
4. This message lists a number of references that can help you determine the
right course of action regarding your participation in our democratic
process. Please consult them closely as you exercise your right to vote. If
you have any questions, please contact your command's Voting Officer, your
command's Legal Officer, your Public Affairs Officer, your chain of command,
or the public affairs contact listed below.
5. Public affairs points of contact: Ms. Jennifer Ivey, OI-5, Director,
Strategy, Plans, and Assessments at (703) 693-3569 or email:
6. Released by ADM J. M. Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations.//