The Navy announced on Tuesday that it would prohibit the Confederate battle flag from all its military installations, following the lead of the Marine Corps which last week began implementing a ban on its troops displaying the flag in any form.
The order came down after scrutiny within the U.S. government of racially insensitive or prejudiced behavior amid nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd.
“The Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mike Gilday, 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,” Navy Cmdr. Nate Christensen said in a statement. “The order is meant to ensure unit cohesion, preserve good order and discipline, and uphold the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment.”
It is unclear if the Air Force and Army will follow with similar orders. However, Air Force Gen. Charles Brown, the incoming Chief of Staff hinted at the possibility.