When we last left off with the news about Marilyn Musgrave introducing a soldier in uniform at a Fort Collins Republican fundraiser, some people were unclear as to whether the military’s regulations prohibited a soldier in uniform from merely attending, as opposed to actively participating in a partisan political event.
The policy is now crystal clear. On March 14, 2006, the Department of Defense issued a revised guideline. (pdf)
Members of the Armed Forces may not attend partisan political events in uniform, even if only as “honorees.” A sharply limited exception is made to provide Armed Forces color guards for national-level political conventions.