Oh my my.
Breastfeeding Photos Of Military Moms Were Against Regulations Says National Guard Capt.
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS 06/01/12
SPOKANE, Wash.-- The Washington Air National Guard says two nursing mothers were wrong to be photographed in uniform while breast-feeding their babies.
The photos were posted on the Internet by a group at Fairchild Air Force Base that supports breast-feeding mothers. The group, Mom2Mom, said the photos were meant to promote World Breast-Feeding Week in August.
"We're just showing moms can breast-feed their children in any kind of uniform," said Trysta Chavez, who co-founded the group with Crystal Scott at the base outside Spokane.
Mom2Mom has no conflict with military regulations and is not trying to change them, Chavez said.
Washington Air National Guard spokesman Capt. Keith Kosik said it's a violation of regulations to use the uniform to promote a civilian cause.
He said the two nursing mothers likely will not be disciplined for the photos but that the incident would be used as an opportunity for education.
The military has no rules specifically regarding public breast-feeding while in uniform. The real issue is that servicemembers are not allowed to use the uniform to further a civilian cause, Kosik said.
Hmmm, military regulations prohibit military personnel from being used in a commercial way while they are in uniform and both of these airmen are subject to punishment under the UCMJ. As I understand it, no one wants to push the issue.<quoted text>
They have been informed of the commercial use of their uniforms and they will not be able to claim ignorance of the law if they do it again.
Oh, it is not against the law for an ACTOR to wear a military uniform and be photographed for a commercial. Now, if this ACTOR continued to wear a military uniform in public, he would be violating federal law.
Now many people do wear parts of military uniforms but it is usually obvious that they are not in the military either because of the hair style or facial hair and they are not normally prosecuted.