US Navy Joins USMC In Banning Confederate Symbols

The military blog Task & Purpose reports:

The Navy is following the Marine Corps in banning the display of Confederate symbols on its installations, including aboard warships and aircraft, the service announced on Tuesday.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday [photo] has directed his staff to “begin crafting an order that would prohibit the Confederate battle flag from all public spaces and work areas aboard Navy installations, ships, aircraft and submarines,” spokesman Cmdr. Nate Christensen said in a statement.

The phrasing “public spaces and work areas” would still potentially allow the display of Confederate symbols in private spaces aboard ship or base, such as bunk or locker.

That loophole is troubling.