Michelle Manhart decided that it was within her rights to pose for a six page spread for Playboy as an Air Force Drill Sergeant and could continue her job. Some have defended her under the banner of feminism or male chauvinism ( “I want to see her naked” ).
Not only, though, is what she did wrong on a moral level, it’s also wrong on an Air Force level, and they took action:
An Air Force drill sergeant and former Iowa National Guard member who posed nude for Playboy magazine has been removed from active duty, she said Wednesday. Whether that amounts to an honorable discharge, as Michelle Manhart also says, is unclear.
Now, before you field bad for Senior Airmen Manhart (as she was demoted back to the reserves), realize that she was probably paid a good sum to bear all for everyone to see, and she probably knew what was coming. This is not the fault of the Air Force, this was a willful act by this 30 year old mother of two to do what she wanted regardless of the outcome.
She claims that it hinged on the fact that she wore her uniform in the spread. This could easily been avoided– but then it wouldn’t have been that interesting for Hugh Hefner’s company now, would it?
So, she loses her position, will probably be discharged, and we’ll wait to see if it’s honorable, but there’s a good lesson here. Actions have consequences. As my mom always says “you live with the decisions to you make.” Mrs. Manhart decided to do something stupid for herself and for her family. She showed just how shallow she is, she shared something that was to just be her husbands with the world, and the U.S. Airforce had to be the ones to wake her up.