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Equal Protection is described as the right of all persons to have the same access to the law and courts and to be treated equally by the law and courts both in procedures and in the substance of the law It is similar to the right to due process of law but in particular applies to equal treatment as an aspect of fundamental fairness The equal protection clause can be found in the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution It simply states that No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United Statesnor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws In other words this meant that the Constitution would become color-blind Military members of all branches are entitled to these fundamental rights The US Navy Regulation states that equal protection under the law regardless of race religion culture national origin gender or political affiliation is a recognized fundamental human right for all people including military personnel The Regulation goes on to say that equal opportunity shall be afforded to all on the basis of individual effort performance conduct diligence potential capabilities and talents without discrimination as to race color religion creed sex or national origin It also states that naval personnel shall demonstrate a strong personal commitment to stand on these principles and carry them out The US Army has a similar statement The US Army Regulation states that they will provide equal opportunity and treatment for soldiers civilian employees and their families without regard to race color religion gender or national origin There are several benefits of equal protection for military members These benefits include high morale of the military members confidence in the fairness of decisions selection of the most capable personnel for promotion additional training and leadership and public respect and support for the military Freedom of Expression No other democratic society in the world permits
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