I will start this post out by saying, that as a veteran myself, I have the utmost respect for Charles Lollar and his military service (as I do for all veterans.) This post is not attacking Lollar for his military service, although I am sure some of his sycophants will claim otherwise.
To sum things up, I looked into a couple of questions about Lollar’s campaign and his military service that have been asked by others before:
- Did Charles Lollar violate regulations for active duty personnel that relate to partisan political activities?
- Has Charles Lollar exaggerated about his current military duties?
Charles Lollar is a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He was on active duty for a long period of time as a reservist. That was given as the reason he didn’t announce his campaign until late this past summer and that a “draft” campaign organization was set up, presumably without his involvement.
I had questions about exactly how that situation was being handled to stay in accordance with military regulations after a partisan political event that I attended that Lollar missed, because he was “at the Pentagon”, yet his campaign was one of the ones they recognized at the event.
As I looked into Department of Defense (DoD) regulations, I ended up digging deeply into DoD Directive 1344.10 (Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces.) I also ended up doing quite a bit of research into Charles Lollar’s activities before he was a candidate while his “draft” campaign was taking place. All of the information provided below is a result of that research.