“It is always dangerous for soldiers, sailors or airmen to play at politics. They enter a sphere in which values are quite different from those to which they have hitherto been accustomed”
In November 2015, I wrote a Proceedings commentary titled, “Admirals (and Generals) For Life,” in which I implored my fellow retired flag and general officers to avoid public endorsements of presidential candidates in the 2016 campaign. Why? Because when introduced as an admiral or general while making a political endorsement, a retired military officer can easily give the American public the impression its military leaders are part of the partisan political process.