A young soldier at Fort Carson took a photo of herself hiding in her car during the time honors are rendered to the Flag (during Retreat) and indicated that she was hiding to avoid saluting the Flag. She indicated that those who felt what she was doing was disrespectful could keep their comments to themselves.
Well that is not going to happen. This young lady is a PFC (Private First Class) and is not entitled to tell this First Sergeant to keep anything to himself and she should kneel down and thank whatever God she worships that I am not her First Sergeant or I would have her scrubbing latrines with a toothbrush until her hands fell off.
Rendering honors to the Flag is NOT an option. To deliberately not render the proper honors is disrespectful to the Army and to the nation. It is also disrespectful to the men and women who have served this nation under the Flag. In fact, this action by Private Dipstick is a violation of Army Regulation 600-25 (Appendix C) which describes what soldiers in uniform are REQUIRED to do when the Flag is raised or lowered.
She violated an Army Regulation and now that she published her violation and admitted it was willful her commander should give her an Article 15 and bust her all the way down to Private E-1. He should take a portion of her pay and give her restriction and extra duty as part of her Article 15 punishment.
Too harsh? I think not. She went through Basic Training and learned the proper way to act when honors to the Flag are required. This is not a simple mistake or a case where she did not know because she openly admits she is hiding so she can avoid doing her duty.
She is derelict and should be punished for it.
A harsh punishment will remind her of her oath and her obligation to fulfill her soldierly duties in a professional manner.
It will also send a strong message to others like her who might be inclined to dishonor their country and the Flag that flies over her.
Far too many people better than she have fought and died to preserve what that Flag represents.
Now PFC dipstick, if you have an issue with me not keeping it to myself feel free to stand at Parade Rest until I give you permission to speak.
Belay that. Drop and give me 100.
Never surrender, never submit.