Why Navy Is Taking Stand on National Anthem Protests

As of Sept 26, 2016, two US Navy sailors are looking at potential disciplinary action for taking part in protests that include not standing for the national anthem when required to do so, and for posting on social media writings that are contrary to current Navy guidelines.

As of this writing, actions (if any) against the two have not been made public. In the case of one sailor (not named yet), confirmation has been made by Naval Education and Training Command officials that some type of administrative action has taken place, but the sailor was not discharged from the service. This sailor posted on Facebook a video of herself as she remained seated during the playing of “colors” at the Naval Air Technical Training Center at Pensacola, Florida where she was attached. Her video became viral quickly on social media sources. This occurred in late August of this year.

The second sailor, Petty Officer 2nd Class Janaye Ervin, a reservist on active duty in Hawaii, is also being considered for administrative disciplinary actions. She, too, refused to stand for the national anthem while she was in uniform. This occurred on September 19th. Ervin is an intelligence specialist, and she commented on Facebook that she was being punished for not standing during the anthem. Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam has said that actions are only “under review” at this time.

national-anthemIn her post, she wrote: “I have been proudly serving in the US Navy Reserve Force since November 2008. I have pledged to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and to spread freedom and democracy around the world. I will never waver from that pledge.” She went on to add: “I feel like a hypocrite singing about the ‘land of the free’ when I know that only applies to some Americans. I will gladly stand again, when ALL AMERICANS are afforded the same freedom.”

She also said that her decision to not stand was a choice she made on her own and freely. Ervin’s protest is in reference to the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as incidents of blacks being shot by police. She did not mention what actions would appease her in her protest.

She closed with: “The Navy has decided to punish me for defending the Constitution and has taken away my equipment I need to do my Naval job. It was my pleasure serving my country, I love it dearly, that is why I must do this for you. I will keep you all posted on what happens next”.

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Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
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