So far, at least two officers in the Army have been put under investigation for posting a series of pictures of the pair wearing dog-shaped BDSM gear over their actual uniforms.
The pictures went viral this past week in the wake of one of the officers posting photos of himself sporting a leather dog mask while also announcing his retirement from the Army. A different social media account posted a long series of posts that revealed that at least two of the members were actually fully commissioned officers and reportedly taking part in a sexual relationship. The Army stated this past Tuesday that it had started looking into the posts.
“U.S. Army Pacific is aware of content found on social media reflecting soldiers’ activities while wearing uniforms,” explained Major Jonathan Lewis, a spokesman for the U.S. Army, in a release to USA Today. “The incident is currently under investigation.”
As explained in federal law:
“Any commissioned officer, cadet, or midshipman who is convicted of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”
“All disorders and neglects to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces, all conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces, and crimes and offenses not capital, of which persons subject to this chapter may be guilty, shall be taken cognizance of by a general, special, or summary court-martial, according to the nature and degree of the offense, and shall be punished at the discretion of that court.”
USA Today highlighted that there are a large number of punishments for the exposed conduct, including possiblt demotion, and letters of reprimand. Law stated that a previously retired officer can be pulled back to active duty for the purpose of a court-martial. He or she can then also be retired once again at a lower tank, which would affect their payments in military pension.
“All U.S. Army soldiers are expected to uphold high standards of personal conduct and to avoid discrediting the service and the uniform, both in person and across social media,” explained another spokeswoman for the Army to USA Today.
The investigation cropped up after one of the accounts, which uses the page name “Pup Ravage,” openly announced his retirement from the Army this past week. The tweet managed to catch the attention of a number of conservative veterans on the platform, many of which lambasted the tweet as overt evidence of the growing problem of wokeness in the military.
One Twitter account named NoVA Campaigns highlighted one thread revealing that the retired officer was Army Colonel Brian T. Connelly, out of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. Connelly was originally stationed in Hawaii at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hicks. While there he was known to post numerous sexually explicit photos of himself, along with a number of other pictures of himself wearing his dog mask while in uniform, to another social media account bearing the same name on Instagram.
The account also highlighted that one of the replies to the post about Connelly’s retirement came from another officer, a Captain in a medical unit, also sporting a dog mask. All of the users in question have since deleted or turned private all of their accounts.