An Apolitical Military is Essential to Maintaining Balance Among US Institutions

U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis speaks during the National POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Sept. 21, 2018. The day is observed every year on the third Friday in September and honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)

Today, American institutions are front and center as we simultaneously confront the triple threat of an active pandemic, civil unrest spurred by racial injustice, and an economic crisis. Resolving these crises will require a coordinated effort from all our democratic institutions: the three branches of our federal government, our state governments, our military, our press, our business communities, and academia. Although the military is an entity within the executive branch, its place within our constitutional order requires special consideration and respect to secure the intentions of our nation’s forefathers.

The role of the U.S. military has come under intense scrutiny in light of recent events. Our military has been scrutinized before, and rightly so, but it has also managed to maintain the esteem of the people it serves—the American public. 

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