Update 2-I wrote below that he is probably in line for an Article 15, but since his conduct was beyond dumb. He showed up at a political rally in uniform, which is bad. Then he did an interview in uniform, which is worse. And to prove that he wasn't having any doubts about his actions, he went up on stage at a political rally and spoke on behalf or a partisan political candidate. This is a clear example of when a court martial is appropriate.
Update-the CNN video identifies the soldier as Corporal Jesse Thorsen, and AKO lists Thorsen as a member of the Army Reserve with the 402nd Sapper Co out of Des Moines. I think CPL Thorsen has some explaining to do today.
Why did a soldier in uniform stand on stage last night with Ron Paul, in a clear violation of military regulations? Why is no one talking about it? And why did some networks alter the video?
Here is a photo from the Daily Mail, showing a young man is US Army ACU's-
All of the above is bad enough-whether Thorson is a corporal or sergeant, he is likely to be a private very soon, and a bit lighter in the wallet. Most people would assume he will be court martialled, but more likely will be an Article 15 punishment-loss of rank and forfeiture of 1/2 base pay for up to three months.
But then the plot thickens-CNN video of the event available on a Ron Paul website blurs out the soldiers name and US Army patches (left and right chest) as well as the US flag patch and combat patch on the right sleeve. (Shown clearly at the 1 minute 10 second mark). it looks like an attempt was made to blur the unit patch as well but failed. So the question is did CNN edit the video or did the website?
I've embedded the video below, in case it disappears from the Paul site.
Ron Paul and conspiracy theories go hand in hand, but this?d