Are members of the military allowed to participate in a campaign for a political candidate?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

For the most part, no. Military personnel are allowed, and encouraged, to participate in the political process, but they are forbidden from participating in “partisan” political activity. Partisan political activity is defined by the Defense Department as “Activity supporting or relating to candidates representing, or issues specifically identified with, national or State political parties and associated or ancillary organizations or clubs.”