The Rising East: Top U.S. Soldier Warns Against Partisan Politics

DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen

On the eve of the Republican and Democratic presidential nominating conventions, the nation’s senior military officer has cautioned both serving and retired officers to stay out of partisan politics.

General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said in a message to the armed forces, in his blog, and in press interviews that earning the trust of the American people “is the cornerstone of our profession.”

“One way we earn this trust is by avoiding partisan activities,” the Army general said. “We must understand why our military as a profession embraces political neutrality as a core value.”

The commander of the Special Operations Command, Admiral William McRaven, issued a similar caution: “Our promise to the American people is that we, the military, are nonpartisan, apolitical and will serve the president of the United States regardless of his political party.”

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