U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa.
There’s an old cliche that the military protects democracy; it doesn’t practice it. The military puts restrictions on certain rights to preserve good order and discipline, even as it defends those rights for others. Occasionally this means that people can’t always do what they want. You can’t advocate for partisan political causes in uniform, for example. And you can’t shove your religion in other people’s faces, even with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has directed the Air Force Inspector General to conduct an independent investigation into an April incident at Travis Air Force Base, California, may incur lawsuit from a former career enlisted airman, an Air Force spokesperson has told Task & Purpose.