“As far as I know, I haven’t been notified of my discharge except by the Gay City News,” Dan Choi said yesterday of his formal honorable discharge from the Army National Guard. “Obviously, I expected it to happen.” Today, he’s well aware.
Though he was discharged as of June 29 — notified via phone message and certified mail (sent to his address of record, and signed by a person with Choi’s surname), claims Lieutenant Colonel Paul A. Fanning of the National Guard in New York — Choi says he only learned of his discharge today: “I got a call about five minutes ago, and my commander said he wanted me to hear it directly from him. He was very supportive and said, ‘I know this was something you didn’t want to hear.’ I said to him, ‘Thank you for your leadership.’ He’s been nothing but supportive of me throughout this whole journey.”
Does that end the controversy about whether Choi knowingly wore his uniform in public — on MSNBC, at public rallies, to court, but not in Las Vegas where he was arrested — in between June 29 and now? Participating “in political activities in uniform … may violate the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” relays GCN’s Duncan Osborne, as it’s “a violation of federal law for a person who is not in the military to wear a military uniform.”
There goes my “Slutty Solder” Halloween costume idea.