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  •  Actually it is a gray area. (18+ / 0-)

    Adjutant Generals are Appointed by the Governor of each state and are not subject to the normal DOD military rules, indeed they are not subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) unless they are activated and on title 10 orders. (this rings true for all Guard members).  There is a STATE code of military justice in most states but is rarely used and only then it is a matter when involving pretty bad behavior.  In reality the only action that could be taken by the DOD or Guard Bureau against those nine Generals would be to strip them of their Federal Commissions administratively demoting them one rank.  That in itself would be one hell of an embarrassment for those states when all the other 41 states have two star generals leading their State Military dept.  The Guard is made up of and governed by some pretty arcane laws and procedures.  Since the AG of a state can be appointed pretty much without any experience, (just some good ole boy connections in state politics), some pretty bizarre people have been made a Guard General in the past.  That practice has fallen out of favor since the 1940's with the one exception of South Carolina. Where in the 1990's the Governor there appointed a good friend who was an E-6 enlisted guy as the new state AG when he took office.
    That guy lasted about a year as AG because National Guard Bureau refused to honor or recognize his commission since he had never received any training as an officer. After whining about it for a long time SC finally replaced him with a REAL officer.

    What you allow, is what will continue.

    by Nebraskablue on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 06:45:28 AM PDT

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