The Navy secretary is reminding military personnel in his charge that they must remain apolitical, less than a month after the sea services fielded a request from White House officials to hide a ship named for one of President Donald Trump's political rivals, and sailors were photographed sporting patches that mimicked a presidential campaign slogan.
An administrative message released on Friday warns sailors and Marines against activities that "could appear to imply sponsorship, approval or endorsement of a political candidate, campaign or cause."
"Sailors and Marines ... have a long history of supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States," Navy Secretary Richard Spencer wrote. "Now that election season is approaching, it is appropriate for us to remember that, as military professionals, we are an apolitical body."
The Navy said on Tuesday that it is "reviewing" whether service members who wore uniform patches emblazoned with 'Make Aircrews Great Again' and President Donald Trump's likeness engaged in prohibited political activity, the Associated Press reports.
Several naval aircrewmen were photographed wearing the patches aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp in Yokosuka, Japan on Monday during the Trump's recent four-day visit to the country.