It is my understanding that all Americans have the right to vote, so why have some of my military friends over the years found it wrong to vote for the POTUS? I know the president is commander in chief, and though soldiers don't vote for who becomes their generals, isn't the POTUS fundamentally a different concept here? I know chain of command is key but how does that disrupt things if soldiers vote for a presidential candidate? There are clear instructions on how to vote and ways for overseas soldiers to cast their vote. I re-read Colin Powell's autobiography and in there he talks about how some fellow service members didn't find it right to vote for president. Colin himself found it just fine to vote but his silence over his political leanings while in uniform was legendary, especially when many considered him a viable POTUS r VP candidate, but the speculation couldn't go further if nobody knew his political affiliation and he kept it quite. It was as if their (soldiers) job was to serve the chain of command, with president at the top, but voting disrupted the chain. In that belief, it was not right to choose the ultimate commander while in uniform (though Powell disagreed with those soldiers). I could see how some may think that the whole command is tossed on its head if lower ranks (that's anybody not the POTUS) ultimately contribute to who ends up being the top general, or in our case a civilian president leading the military. Many years ago I had a staunch democrat friend who was a Marine and while he voted, he was in conflict with that and would not say anything bad about George HW Bush even though the man stood against every fiber of his body, politically. He told me that while he didn't agree with Bush, he couldn't say anything bad about who was technically his ultimate commander. After becoming a close friend, I learned of his views but he would change the subject. Recently, my former law school partner with undergrad in history/poly sci. joined the military and suddenly, he won't vote or comment on POTUS. He comes from a small farm/business family that was very republican and he sincerely believed Obama and the democrats made it hard for his family to thrive. However, now that he's in uniform, voting for that office is just wrong even though of all people he knows it is legal, and he will die for whoever is president. He won't allow himself to have an "opinion" on the POTUS. Before his entry into the military he was outspoken in his criticism of Obama, but now political talk is off limits. He's laying down his life for democracy he says, but then why won't he (and many other people in uniform) vote? Thoughts?