Member of U.S. Navy sits during national anthem; just one problem

Member of U.S. Navy sits during national anthem; just one problem

A black member of the U.S. Navy elected not only to sit during the playing of the national anthem but opted to record a video of her protest. Now she may be facing punishment for her actions, which violate Chapter 12 of the U.S. Navy Regulations.

In the video, which follows, the unidentified sailor admits her dereliction, telling the camera, “I am sitting down. My butt is on the chair. I’m really scared, y’all. I’m really scared, I’m not gonna lie.”

She also makes it clear her action is in solidarity with the loathsome Colin Kaepernick (whose name the woman pronounces “kuh-PUR-nik”).

Here’s the relevant passage from the Navy Regulations:


According to CNN:

The video was posted to the Facebook page “US Army Military Police WTF Moments” earlier this week and was first reported by The Navy Times.

The Navy has identified the sailor, who is training at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, but will not publicly identify her, a spokeswoman said Friday.

“The Navy … chain of command has been made aware of the video. Appropriate administrative actions are pending,” said Lt. Cdr. Katherine Meadows, a U.S. Navy spokeswoman. “Additionally, we routinely give training to Sailors on appropriate usage of social media and that they must abide by the Uniform Code of Justice at all times.”

Here’s hoping they throw the book at her.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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