WASHINGTON — After months of wrangling, the Pentagon on Friday will prohibit displays of the Confederate flag on army installations, at a carefully worded policy which does not mention the term ban or that particular flag.
The Confederate flag isn’t one of them thus alerting its screen without singling out it at a”ban.” Details of this coverage, which is anticipated to be published Friday, were reported by the AP.
“We have to always stay focused on what unifies your sworn oath to the Constitution and our shared responsibility to defend the country,” Esper’s memo claims. “The flags we fly should accord with the military imperatives of order and discipline, treating all our people with respect and dignity, and rejecting divisive symbols”
Acceptable flags recorded in the memo include the U.S. and country banner, flags of different allies and partners, the broadly exhibited POW/MIA flag and official army unit flags.
Confederate flags, monuments, and army base names have turned into a federal flashpoint in the weeks since the passing of George Floyd. Some state officials are thinking about down them, however, they face vehement resistance in some regions.
According to a Defense Department official familiar with the issue, the choice to not name a certain prohibited flag was supposed to guarantee the policy could be apolitical and may withstand possible legal challenges based on free speech. The officer said the White House is aware of the policy.
Trump has rejected any thought of changing foundation names and has defended the flying of the Confederate flag, stating it is a freedom of speech issue.
Based on Esper’s memo, the screen of unauthorized flags — like the Confederate banner performed through the Civil War — is fine in museums, historic displays, works of art, or alternative instructional applications.
The Marine Corps has banned the Confederate flag. That flag, which some adopt as a symbol of heritage,” conveys the capability to exude feelings of the branch” and may weaken the unit cohesion that battle requires, Berger explained.
Army orders in South Korea and Japan promptly followed suit. The policy doesn’t change or rescind those bans.
Another three military agencies were moving to enact similar bans, but they ceased when Esper made it known he needed a more consistent coverage across the entire department. They will instead issue this new policy for their troops and workers.
An early draft of the Defense Department plans a forbidden display of the Confederate flag, stating the prohibition would conserve” the morale of our employees, fantastic order and discipline within the army positions and unit cohesion.” That model was shelved, and officials were fighting since then to think of a policy that would have precisely the identical impact but not make political havoc.
Esper discussed the issue with senior leaders during a meeting Wednesday, such as a number of those legal issues surrounding several bans, which some officials think could be contested in court.
The last version is a compromise which empowers Esper to enact a ban which passes legal muster and provides military leaders exactly what they need but does not infuriate the commander in chief.
According to the official, the new policy does not undo the bans in place, and support chiefs and secretaries will continue to have the ability to enact additional stricter policies limiting symbols that they consider are divisive and detrimental to unit cohesion.
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told reporters on Thursday he is still working on a policy that would get rid of all divisive symbols from Army installations.
He did not mention that the flag, but stated, “we’d have any lingering symbols on a no-fly list”