Sgt. Gary Stein, creator of the Armed Forces Tea Party Facebook page, will be given an other-than-honorable discharge for violating Pentagon policy limiting speech of service members, according to the Marine Corps and reported by the Associated Press.Stein started the page “to allow active, inactive, or retired members of the United States Armed Forces to stand with the Tea Party movement.”
Prosecutors argued that Stein’s behaviour repeatedly violated Department of defence policy that states that an active duty member of the Armed Forces can “express a personal opinion on political candidates and issues, but not as a representative of the Armed Forces.”
Stein, a nine-year member of the Corps, will most likely be demoted a rank to lance corporal, lose his benefits and would not be allowed on any military base.
A post on the Armed Forces Tea Party page states that his “discharge will be postponed until results of a medical condition, he was diagnosed with on Monday, are returned and treatment is discussed.”
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