The Marine Corps publishes a blog Wednesday highlighting the restrictions Marines have during the election season.
Online, Marines may not comment on political websites or even “tweet” at partisan Twitter accounts.
The tips were published more than a month after the Department of Defense pulled a public service announcement featuring a former Camp Pendleton Marine who was booted for comments critical of the president on the Facebook page Armed Forces Tea Party.
Also in July, a PSA written by Marines mocked a soldier who got in trouble in January for endorsing in uniform then-presidential candidate Ron Paul.
Marines’ offline lives are also different in election season than for civilians. They are not allowed to imply Department of Defense sponsorship of partisan politics, wear uniform to political events or distribute literature for a candidate.
The Marines, however, are allowed to vote, donate to candidates and express personal opinions. The blog post also encourages them to keep junior enlisted members from being coerced
Related Resource: Voting and registration information for Marine families
Editor’s note: Accompanying this article are the Marine Corp’s dos and don’t as well a PDF of DoD Directive 1344.10, “Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces on Active Duty.”