Soldier Successfully Refuses Deployment to Afghanistan

Has everyone seen this story already? It came to my attention today when it seemed to go viral on my FB. Apparently this Soldier got out of a deployment and people are calling him a “hero” for his actions.

Politically, I’ve always been a little on the outside of my social group. I am a pretty liberal Military Wife and a fairly conservative Social Worker. But I seem to be in concurrence with my fellow military family when it comes to this story.

As I was looking up other articles (something less biased then an organization titled “we don’t have to go to Afghanistan”) and I found this similar article, but one that allowed comments.

This one comment pretty much summed up how I feel about the issue:

1) Joined under his own free will

2) Took an oath – Lied under oath

3) Signed a contract – a) accepted pay on a contract he did not intend to honor (b) accepted training at others expense to fulfill a contract he did not intend to honor (c) accepted travel for training that he had no intention of using  to fulfill the contract (d) was issued uniforms and equipment for a contract he was not going to honor

4) Poses in a uniform intended for battle use smiling

5) Cries CO when he faces having to put boots on the ground in a foreign land holding a rifle but from reports I have heard has no  problem in a support role.

Whaaaat??? yes other media sources are also reporting that he may deployed in a rear position away from combat in a support role? Sooo you can object and still willfully support the action?

He poses in a battle uniform and also in pictures where a female is wearing a sweatshirt saying “ARMY WIFE” yet they object to what the US Army is doing.  Take off that uniform Troop. That uniform is reserved for real soldiers. Stand down and face the charges which I think should be (a) lying under oath (b) Grand Theft for taking money and training and supplies for a contract you did not intend to honor. Face the charges and then accept your dishonorable discharge. You should not be allowed to serve helping real soldiers that did their job… You don’t have to go in to combat and kill to be a HERO but to be a HERO you have to serve with HONOR. Christopher Munoz has NO HONOR

What do you all think? Is he honorable or dishonorable? Should military members have the choice to deploy? Should he get a dishonorable discharge?

5 thoughts on “Soldier Successfully Refuses Deployment to Afghanistan

  1. Personally, I think its disgusting! I cant believe he’s doing that. My husband first showed me his ‘Support me’ page. I honestly think he went in for the money and when he went home for leave he cried to mommy and wifey and they convinced him to do a CO. They do have a choice to deploy…before they sign the contract and wear the uniform. They know what theyre getting into when they sign up. I think he needs to be held accountable, forced to deploy or be sent to prison…JMO of course.

      • I agree about getting dishonorably discharged! He volunteered, and he trained with others to do that duty. People are relying on him to do his job. I look at it like, if he isn’t going, someone else has to go in his place, and that’s another family affected and more lives altered. I wish that we were no longer deploying troops to Afghanistan, BUT as long as he volunteered for service, he can’t refuse to honor his obligations. I’d take it a step further and say that he should be court martialed.

  2. I could not agree more. He should be dishonorably discharged immediately and be forced to repay the Army for their entire investment in his training. My husband’s squadron stopped deployments to Afghanistan right before we arrived in Okinawa, and he is incredibly disappointed that he will not be given the opportunity and honor of working alongside his fellow Marines in this war. It is disrespectful to all of the men and women who are putting their lives on the line every day for this man to wear their uniform and yet reject their sacrifice.

  3. I wrote an article on Yahoo! about the lashing Munoz is taking on Facebook. You should check out the comments. I personally think its hogwash. Conscientious objectors generally don’t join the military and know where the stand from the beginning. My issue isn’t just with the fact that he got out of deployment after swearing to be a soldier. It’s the fact that him and his family believe that you should be able to serve in the Army without deploying. If you’re in the Army, you’re first job is a soldier. If you cannot do what the Army needs you to do, don’t be a part of it.

    Here’s the article I wrote:

    I think you did a great job with what you have written. Sums it all up in a nutshell.

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