The vast majority of Americans who never had the opportunity to serve in the Armed Forces don’t realize that those who were in uniform voluntarily surrendered certain Constitutional rights when they joined. One of those rights knowingly given-up was freedom of speech and expression in the form of openly showing disrespect to either the American flag and/or the National Anthem.
Nonetheless, Petty Officer Janeye Ervin, US Navy Reserve, doesn’t seem to understand that with military service comes the up-front knowledge that unlike the civilian world, those who serve must:
- Salute their boss, or face punishment.
- Refer to their boss as either “sir” or “ma’am,” or face punishment.
- Show up for work precisely when you’re told to, or face punishment.
And amongst other specifics that surround life in the service;
- During the playing of the National Anthem, stand at attention while facing towards and saluting the American flag (if in uniform) or stand at attention while facing towards our nation’s colors (if in civilian attire), or face punishment.
But Navy Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Ervin, stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in the figurative shadow of the USS Arizona Memorial, took it upon herself to knowingly, willingly and intelligently violate the USMC (Uniform Code of Military Justice).
As reported by The Daily Caller;
A second sailor is under investigation for following in the footsteps of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and refusing to stand for the national anthem.
Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Janaye Ervin is currently facing potential administrative action for failing to show respect to America’s national symbols, Military.com reports.
According to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman spokesman Bill Doughty, Ervin would not stand for the national anthem while in full uniform Sept. 19.
After she refused, Ervin went public and posted about why she had her decision to disrespect the national anthem on social media.
“On September 19,2016, while in uniform, I made the conscious decision to not stand for the Star Spangled Banner because I feel like a hypocrite, singing about “land of the free” when, I know that only applies to some Americans,” Ervin wrote in a Facebook post. “I will gladly stand again, when ALL AMERICANS are afforded the same freedom. The Navy has decided to punish me for defending the Constitution and has taken away my equipment I need to do my Naval job.”
Ervin is the second sailor to refuse to stand for the national anthem. The identity of the first sailor, who did not stand for the “Colors” morning ceremony where the national anthem is played, is unknown. She is part of the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Fla. This sailor has been allowed to remain at her station and has undergone disciplinary action.
Troops who don’t stand for the national anthem could face prosecution under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for violating Article 92, which states that troops can be punished for failing to obey a lawful general order.