Kirsters Baish| A former Navy Intelligence specialist made the decision to refuse to stand for the National Anthem during morning colors last year in September of 2016. This was early on in the trend of taking a knee or sitting out during “The Star Spangled Banner.” It’s extremely important that you pay attention to the wording of her position. Yes, we did say “former” Navy Intelligence specialist. Her name is Janaye Ervin, and she was a Petty Officer 2nd Class who was stripped of her security clearance immediately after her protest. She was then assigned to menial labor as punishment for her actions and shown the exit.
Ervin refused to stand for the National Anthem on September 19, 2016. Her protest came during her time on reserve duty at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam located in Hawaii. The International Business Times reported that the former Navy Intelligence Specialist claimed that she was simply trying to make a statement about the way blacks are treated in America.
Ervin claimed, “I just didn’t want to stand at that moment. I can’t stand for this song knowing that the song isn’t for me, being black. The song doesn’t represent me at all. To be honest, I never really thought about the flag my entire life, I had no reason to. It’s just a flag.”
Take a moment to think about the disgusting words that came out of this woman’s mouth. It may be “just a flag” to her, but the American flag represents so much more to millions of Americans.
It didn’t take long for her superiors to react. Just a day after her protest, Ervin was read her rights prior to being given a warning explaining that she potentially compromised her security clearance. This clearance was needed for both her civilian job as well as her military job. Within 24 hours, Ervin was completely stripped of her clearance and was removed from her workplace.
Ervin maintained that she wasn’t informed as to which order she was violating specifically. I find that hard to believe considering the fact that the 10th general order for sentries is taught in Navy boot camp and the 11 orders must be memorized until you know them by heart. Violation of any single one of the orders will result in the individual being subjected to Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. They will be subject to any punishment that the court-martial decides upon.
There is a reason the military works this way. There is a reason that the military is so strict.
Ervin made the call to go public on September 21, 2016. She stupidly posted on Facebook, “The Navy has decided to punish me for defending the Constitution and has taken away my equipment I need to do my Naval job.”
It’s time to set the record straight. Nothing was taken from Ervin by the Navy. She forfeited her equipment when she disobeyed a general order which she knew she was disobeying.
The United States Navy is not pursuing charges on Ervin at the moment, but they didn’t have too much to say one way or the other. A Navy Reserve spokesperson explained “Petty Officer Janaye Ervin has fulfilled her obligation of enlistment and was honorably discharged from the United States Navy.”
As a member of the Navy, you do not disobey the rules. It doesn’t matter if you agree with them or not. You simply respect them and follow them.