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Tariqka Sheffey

Private First Class Tariqka Sheffey is getting a lesson in social media and how it can wreck havoc in a person’s professional life.  Sheffey is in hot water over a selfie she posted on her Instagram account, which shows her hiding out in her car to avoid saluting the flag.

“This is me laying back in my car hiding so I don’t have to salute the 1700 flag,” she captioned the picture.

“KEEP ALL YOUR ‘THATS SO DISRESPECTFUL/HOWRUDE/ETC.’ COMMENTS TO YOURSELF cuz, right now, IDGAFFFF,” she added, under her handle sheffeynation.

Then her photo went viral.  Sheffey — a member of the 59th Quartermaster Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade at Fort Carson, Colo. — is now facing possible removal or court marshal for insubordination.

Post spokesman Dee McNutt did not give any information in regards to the investigation.  “The chain of command is aware and looking into the situation. That’s really all I can say at this point.”

The photo, which was also posted on the Army Times’ Facebook page, was met with disgust, as well as racial and abusive comments. As one Facebook commenter stated, according to Army Times:

“Any soldier who refuses to salute the flag is in the military for the wrong reason, and should be removed by dishonorable discharge with loss of all benefits,” one Facebook commenter said. “If they won’t salute it, they damn sure won’t fight for it.”

Sheffey responded with a video on Instagram on Tuesday and expressed her regrets. But didn’t exactly apologize:

“I seriously just want to say thank you to everybody who stood up to me today, like seriously. That s— to me was not that serious. I am not a disrespectful soldier and I really appreciate you all.”

Sheffey’s Instagram account has since been deleted.

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  • Leo

    She most definitely will see an Article 15 in her future and a possible discharge. She most definitely earned it for her stupidity.

  • I can’t help but shake my head at this…I am in no way condoning her behavior but she should’ve known better. The military does in fact brief their personnal on social media and cautions them on “over sharing” mainly because of security reasons. I honestly think she didn’t mean for this to spiral out of control the way it did…but, everything doesn’t have to be shared with everyone! Now she’s not only faceing a dishonorable discharge but court martial; her promising career brought to a halt all because of one selfie she decided to post on Instagram.

  • Hahaha. This was probably a dumb move. Not going to lie. But, be honest, it seems that, not unlike most Americans, she’s not that excited about her job and doesn’t care that much if she gets fired. Considering that most military personnel are barely scrapping above the poverty line, and that a lot of them are undereducated people of color, I’m kind of proud of her for telling the flag it can go to hell. It’s a piece of fabric.