An interesting conversation developed on CNN.com about First Amendment rights versus the military code of conduct following Gen. Stanley McChrystalâ€™s resignation.
Comments on a story about McChrystalâ€™s resignation have come from people who identify themselves as veterans and current members of the military - a majority of whom said they were shocked and embarrassed by McChrystalâ€™s conduct.
AFGChuck said, â€śIt was a complete breach of military protocol.â€ť Several others agreed and referenced the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Non-military don't realize that the UCMJ is law in the military. When your [sic] in uniform not only do you represent the troops you represent a whole country.
Article 88 of the UCMJ states that any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the president, the vice president, Congress or the secretary of defense shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.