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  • Can National Guardsman run for political office

    While still in the Guard? I have wondered this for sometime. Is it legally possible(Under UCMJ or specific state laws)?

    I've tried running for city positions before I joined the Guard and wondering if I should hold it off until after my 6 years is up.

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    Re: Can National Guardsman run for political office

    Originally posted by Bill_Martin View Post
    While still in the Guard? I have wondered this for sometime. Is it legally possible(Under UCMJ or specific state laws)?

    I've tried running for city positions before I joined the Guard and wondering if I should hold it off until after my 6 years is up.
    Yes:

    http://www.zashehady.com/wp/about/

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      Re: Can National Guardsman run for political office

      That's great. Is there any kind of laws I should know about when trying it?

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        Re: Can National Guardsman run for political office

        I believe it is only Active Duty Soldiers that can't run for political office.

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          Re: Can National Guardsman run for political office

          Originally posted by o13starsnstripes View Post
          I believe it is only Active Duty Soldiers that can't run for political office.
          That's what I thought as well. But, there is also the thing of not using your position as a soldier for personal gain. I guess it depends on your definition of personal gain.

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            Re: Can National Guardsman run for political office

            Originally posted by Bill_Martin View Post
            That's what I thought as well. But, there is also the thing of not using your position as a soldier for personal gain. I guess it depends on your definition of personal gain.
            Yes you can run while in the Guard. There are many rules that are covered....obviously you wont be doing things like campainging in a military uniform. Refer to the DOD joint ethics regulation with your questions..

            Google "DOD joint ethics regulation" and it comes right up.

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              Re: Can National Guardsman run for political office

              Originally posted by ParalegalNCO1 View Post
              Yes you can run while in the Guard. There are many rules that are covered....obviously you wont be doing things like campainging in a military uniform. Refer to the DOD joint ethics regulation with your questions..

              Google "DOD joint ethics regulation" and it comes right up.
              Good point. NJ had a "mandatory" company grade officer development convention/conference this week and, as expect, the JAG made a briefing about ethics.

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                Re: Can National Guardsman run for political office

                I have seen many reserve components members run for state and federal officer in the last 15 years.

                Here is a dated article on one notable individual.

                http://www.militarytimes.com/forum/s...-on-Senate-run

                Since returning home in September after a yearlong deployment to Iraq with his National Guard unit, Beau Biden, a captain in the Guard, had been focused on his family and his job as attorney general
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                  Re: Can National Guardsman run for political office

                  While I was deployed I became friends with this girl from Hawaii Guard that was a state representative there. It was pretty cool, she was just a SPC and only like 25 years old.

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