Skip Navigation
Tue Aug 04, 2020
Army OneSource
Army OneSource
Confidential Help: 800-342-9647     Technical Support: 877-811-ARMY
Commander's Page Online Training
Volunteer Tools ARMYBook

Question & Answer Listing

Select a Question & Answer entry to see a list of service providers.

Politics -- Question & Answer Listing  
Question / Answer

Can I vote in a stateside election if I am serving OCONUS?

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) outlines the voting rights of members of the Uniformed Services (on active duty), members of the Merchant Marine, their eligible family members, and U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S. The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) carries out the responsibilities of this Act by providing guidance about participating in the democratic process to these citizens, regardless of their location in the world. Visit the FVAP website at

How do political issues impact the military?

Political issues can have a great deal of impact on the military. For example, they impact the military's missions and influence the priorities placed on the military's resources such as their budget, draw downs, leadership, etc. As an individual and a member of a military community, you are justified in having your own opinions and beliefs, but it is important that you do not misrepresent your own personal political beliefs as those of the Army. Note that Soldiers and civilian employees have to take a pledge to abide by the Constitution of the United States of America. Even if they do not agree with certain government or Army policies, they must still abide by it.

What should a leader say to Soldiers and their family members when they are questioned about the Army’s position on certain issues that affect their quality of life?

Obviously, leaders need to provide as honest and thorough a response as possible in order to communicate the Army’s position. However, the amount of information relayed to them depends on the leaders’ knowledge of the situation as well as the security level of the information associated with it. For example, there may be quality of life issues that some individuals feel are not getting noticed when in fact – they may be included in the Army’s “master plan.” It is important to note that Army leaders are faced with making difficult decisions about how to use the Army’s limited resources and must prioritize all the competing demands. Many times, because of the dollar amounts of military construction projects for example, they have to submit their recommendations to Congress for their consideration and approval. Another example of an issue that affects the quality of life of Soldiers and family members is when restrictions are placed on their movements (particularly in overseas locations) because of security threats in the local military and civilian communities. Although the intelligence that may have caused military leaders to impose these restrictions may be classified, the threats are real and Army leaders are responsible for ensuring the security of its Soldiers, civilian workforce, and military family members.

Full Website
This site may not be optimized
for a mobile browsing experience.
Please don't show me this again: