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Military Ethics and Conflicts of Interest

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Possessing or Distributing Printed Materials. Military members may not distribute or post any printed or written material other than publications of an official Government agency or base-related activity within any Military installation without permission of the installation commander or that commander’s designee. Members who violate this prohibition are subject to disciplinary action under Article 92 of the UCMJ.

Writing for Publications. Military members may not write for unofficial publications during duty hours. An unofficial publication, such as an “underground newspaper,” may not be produced using Government or nonappropriated fund property or supplies. Any publication that contains language, the utterance of which is punishable by the UCMJ or other Federal laws, may subject a person involved in its printing, publishing, or distribution to prosecution or other disciplinary action.

Off-limits Action. Action may be initiated under AFJI 31-213, Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Boards and Off-Installation Liaison and Operations, to place certain establishments off limits. An establishment runs the risk of being placed off limits if its activities include counseling service members to refuse to perform their duties or to desert, or when it is involved in acts with a significant adverse effect on health, welfare, or morale of military members.

Prohibited Activities. Military personnel must reject participation in organizations that espouse supremacist causes; attempt to create illegal discrimination based on race, creed, color, sex, religion, or national origin; advocate the use of force or violence; or otherwise engage in the effort to deprive individuals of their civil rights. Active participation, such as publicly demonstrating or rallying, fundraising, recruiting and training members, organizing or leading such organizations, or otherwise engaging in activities the commander finds to be detrimental to good order, discipline, or mission accomplishment, is incompatible with military service and prohibited. Members who violate this prohibition are subject to disciplinary action under Article 92 of the UCMJ.

Demonstrations and Similar Activities. Demonstrations or other activities within an Air Force installation that could result in interfering with or preventing of the orderly accomplishment of a mission of the installation or which present a clear danger to loyalty, discipline, or morale of members of the Armed Forces are prohibited and are punishable under Article 92 of the UCMJ. Military members are prohibited from participating in demonstrations when they are on duty, when they are in a foreign country, when they are in uniform, when their activities constitute a breach of law and order, or when violence is likely to result.

Above information derived from AFPAM36-2241V1

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