Department of Defense
August 2, 2004
SUBJECT: Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces on Active Duty
It is DoD policy to encourage members of the Armed Forces (hereafter referred to as "members") to carry out the obligations of citizenship. While on active duty, however, members are prohibited from engaging in certain political activities. The following DoD policy shall apply:
4.1.2. A member on active duty shall not:
18.104.22.168. Participate in partisan political management, campaigns, or conventions (unless attending a convention as a spectator when not in uniform).
Veterans Set for Republican Convention
By Genaro C. Armas
WASHINGTON - Americans who served in the military will be well represented at the upcoming Republican convention, more so than at last month's Democratic convention or in the U.S. population overall, according to the GOP.
About 15 percent of the 4,800-plus delegates and alternates to the convention in New York are veterans, organizers said Monday. An additional 3 percent are active military personnel.
Census Bureau estimates show that roughly 12 percent of U.S. residents in 2002 were military veterans. About 11.5 percent of delegates at the Democratic convention in Boston were veterans, a record high, according to the Democratic National Committee.
With President Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry ocked in a tight race, winning the votes of veterans in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Washington will be important.