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Civil Liberties

The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) Civil Liberties Program oversees the protection of the civil liberties of WRNMMC workforce members and patients and ensures awareness of such protection through assistance, monitoring, reporting, and training.

What are Civil Liberties?

Civil liberties are basic rights and freedoms we use in our daily life that are protected by the Constitution of the United States. Civil liberties, as identified in the Bill of Rights, include:
  • Freedom of speech,
  • Freedom of religion,
  • Freedom of assembly, and
  • Freedom from unreasonable search and seizures.
Civil Liberties vs Civil Rights

Civil rights differ slightly from civil liberties. The former are actions the government takes to protect individuals from discrimination whereas the latter protect those rights from unjustified government interference. For example, under the First Amendment, individuals have the right to worship any religion of their choosing. Thus, the First Amendment provides “liberty” for individuals to worship according to their preference without government intrusion.

Civil Liberties and Department of Defense

Under the DoD Civil Liberties Program, implemented by DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1000.29, discrimination based on race, sex, age, or mental or physical disability is prohibited. Civil liberties apply to all DoD workforce, including active duty service members and civilian employees; however, certain restrictions may apply. For example, active duty service members may exercise their right to vote based on their personal preference; however, they may not seek nomination or candidacy for civil office, except in very limited circumstances. Similarly, civilian employees are free to financially contribute to a political campaign but they may not host a fundraising event for a partisan candidate.

Contact Us

Phone: (301) 319-4775
Email: dha.bethesda.wrnmmc.mbx.civil-liberties@mail.mil

Contact Us

Privacy Compliance Department
ATTN: Civil Liberties

Walter Reed National Medical Center
8955 Wood Road
Building 1, Floor 1
Bethesda, MD 20889-5628 


Phone: (301) 319-4475


Email: dha.bethesda.wrnmmc.mbx.civil-liberties@mail.mil