Michael New - Mercenary... or American Soldier
On October 10, 1995, the 1/15 Battalion of the 3rd infantry Division of the U.S. Army came to attention at 0900 in Schweinfurt, Germany. All but one of the 550 soldiers were wearing a sky-blue baseball-style cap with a United Nations insignia on the front. One was wearing the olive-drab flat cap that is authorized to be worn with the Battle Dress Uniform. With this simple act of disobeying a direct order, Spc. 4 Michael New set the stage for a legal battle that has profound implications for the future of American soldiers into service of the United Nations without the constitutional permission of Congress.
Eighteen Years and Counting
Do you remember what happened on this day, 18 years ago?
A lowly Army medic walked out on the parade ground of the 3rd Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany, wearing an authorized battle dress uniform (BDU), and was court-martialed for such an audacious act of disobedience.
For refusing to wear a blue UN cap and scarf, and refusing to deploy under a foreign general to Macedonia on a United Nations Peacekeeping mission, SPC4 Michael New was court-martialed and given a Bad Conduct Discharge (BCD). As far as we know, SPC New is the only soldier ever court-martialed for wanting to serve his own country! .
But it gets worse. Convinced that (a) the orders from Bill Clinton were unlawful, and (b) that his conduct was NOT bad, SPC New appealed, of course, through the military courts, all the way to the Supreme Court, which refused to hear the case.Read More
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