Soldier could face discipline after hiding in car to avoid saluting the flag

FORT CARSON, Colo. (KRDO/CNN) – An Army private could be disciplined after refusing to salute the flag.

Instead, the soldier was uploading a selfie.

The Army Times reports the soldier included a caption explaining that she was hiding from the flag so she wouldn’t have to salute it.

“Retreat is an evening ceremony where we honor the soldiers and flag. And all the values we represent in the U.S. Military. It’s a chance to honor our national and all the ideals we uphold,” said Col. Heidi Hoyle, Fort Carson spokesperson.

But one soldier wasn’t at the ceremony. Instead of saluting she was taking a “selfie” in her car.

“A soldier is required to salute the flag every day. The profession of arms requires soldiers to be professional at all times. 24 hours a day both in uniform and without. Currently the command is looking at all the range of options concerning the soldier and the incident that happened. Right now we are going to allow the soldier the opportunity, and the command the opportunity to present all matters and investigate this fully before we make judgment,” said Hoyle on Wednesday.

While Fort Carson makes its decision, others have already made theirs.

“Get a new job, stop milking us,” said one man in Colorado Springs.

Others think there’s more to the soldier’s story.

“Some of these kids are promised the world and then when they actually get in the service, the disillusions can make them bitter. I can understand that on a level that many can’t. For me to pass judgment on to her, I can’t do that. Maybe it was tasteless but I can definitely understand these kids to be promised the world, and then see the reality to be a little bitter. Even toward the flag of our country,” said Grant Provencher of Colorado Springs.

Copyright 2014 KRDO via CNN. All rights reserved.

blog comments powered by Disqus