Two enlisted sailors are under disciplinary review for refusing to stand for the national anthem, joining San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's Black Lives Matter protest, according to a report.
Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Janaye Ervin, who is attached to U.S. Pacific Fleet, would not stand for the national anthem while in uniform Sept. 19., according to Military.com, although the specific circumstances of the protest weren't clear.
A week earlier, a female sailor who has not been publicly identified filmed herself refusing to stand for the morning "Colors" ceremony among other sailors at Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Fla. That sailor was similarly subject to administrative action but has not been punished, according to Military.com.
In the more recent case, Ervin wrote in a Facebook post on Sept. 21 that although she is a proud member of the U.S. Navy, she felt like a "hypocrite" for singing about the land of the free when that phrase "only applies to some Americans."
"I have been proudly serving in the US Navy Reserve Force since November 2008. I have pledged to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and to spread freedom and democracy around the world. I will never waver from that pledge," Ervin wrote. "I feel like a hypocrite singing about the 'land of the free' when I know that only applies to some Americans," she argued.
"I will gladly stand again, when ALL AMERICANS are afforded the same freedom."
The sailor further claimed in the Facebook post the Navy has punished her for "defending the Constitution" and has taken away the equipment she needs to "do my Naval Job." Unlike civilians, troops dressed in uniform who do not stand and salute the flag can be punished under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Bill Doughty, a spokesman for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, told Military.com that the sailor is subject to administrative actions, which are still under review.
New York Daily News writer and activist Shaun King reported that Ervin told him that she has lost her security clearance and has been told she is risking jail time. Doughty did not confirm any action has been taken against her.