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Can you be affiliated with a politcal party?

Discussion in 'POC Section' started by chronic, Mar 21, 2019.

  1. chronic

    chronic New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm a member of a mainstream political party and was just wondering if this is permitted it or not.

    I am being no means a far left extremist or far right but I'd like to know the stance of the military on this.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Chronic
     
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  2. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    My guess is, that if you wish to join as an officer then you leave your political views at home. You just need to look at the retired Generals, Admirals and other former high ranking officers, who suddenly find a voice to criticise HMG and its policies, after they have left service.

    Alan
     
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  3. chronic

    chronic New Member

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    Hi Caversham

    Thank you for your response.

    My membership isn't really important to me as I'm not involved that much. However is it the sort of thing I'd be marked down for on POC? If I was to talk about it a lecture or discussion?

    Thanks,

    Chronic
     
  4. Chelonian

    Chelonian Moderator

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    I'll throw my opinion in. Consider choosing another topic which is interesting but uncontroversial.
     
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  5. Caversham

    Caversham Former RM Commando, Moderator

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    I echo what @Chelonian says!! Interesting and not controversial is the way forward!

    Alan
     
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  6. Johnny_Anonie

    Johnny_Anonie Ex Pongo

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    The Queen’s Regulations paragraph J5.581 states:
    • Regular personnel are not to take any active part in the affairs of any political organisation, party, or movement. They are not to participate in political marches or demonstrations.
    • No restriction is to be placed upon the attendance at political meetings of such personnel, provided that uniform is not worn, Service duties are not impeded and no action is taken which would bring the Service into disrepute.
    • Whilst organisations may not be allied to any particular political party, an organisation that seeks to effect change to the laws or customs of this country can be considered to be a political organisation or movement. The active participation of a Serviceman in the activities of such an organisation could well be prejudicial to good order and Service discipline.
    • It should be made clear to all ranks that they represent their Service, particularly when in uniform, and, irrespective of their personal beliefs and feelings, it may well be prejudicial to Service discipline for them to participate in, or appear to encourage, any controversial rally, protest march or demonstration, as such participation is incompatible with their duty as soldiers. They may not disseminate propaganda on behalf of any political or quasi-political organisation.


    Besides stop posting on here and go sort Brexit out for us. Cheers.
     
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  7. chronic

    chronic New Member

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    Hi Johnny_ anonie,

    Thank your for your response.

    That's cleared things up for me

    Regards,

    Chronic.
     
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  8. Johnny_Anonie

    Johnny_Anonie Ex Pongo

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    No need to be so formal.

    A simple

    “Oi! Medic! Cheers mate, what’s your bank account details so I can forward you the money for a pint”

    Would suffice.

    Jokes aside pal, best of luck with it all!
     
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  9. dodgyknees

    dodgyknees Active Member

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    No problem with being in a political party, lots of officers are. Politics is, however, like religion in that it is best kept to yourself as it can cause overly heated debate which is not what you need at POC.
     
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