A retired Army general was suspended last year from his Pentagon consulting position for a social media post mocking First Lady Jill Biden.
According to USA Today, a subsequent Army investigation found that he had strayed from official social media guidelines but did not violate the law.
The controversy began when Mrs. Biden reacted to the Supreme Court's ruling that there is no constitutional right to abortion.
"For nearly 50 years, women have had the right to make our own decisions about our bodies," she wrote before adding, "Today, that right was stolen from us."
For nearly 50 years, women have had the right to make our own decisions about our bodies.
Today, that right was stolen from us.
And while we may be devastated by this injustice, we will not be silent. We will not sit back as the progress we have already won slips away.
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) June 24, 2022
Retired Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky responded with a message of his own that read, "Glad to see you finally know what a woman is."
USA Today obtained a copy of the investigation's report via a Freedom of Information Act request, and it pointed to social media guidelines Volesky himself promulgated in 2013 known as "Think, Type and Post."
"When in a position of leadership, conduct online should be professional…by using social media, you are essentially providing a permanent record of what you say…if you would not say it in front of a formation, do not say it online," it read
"'Think' about the message being communicated and who could potentially view it. 'Type' a communication that is consistent with Army values. 'Post' only those messages that demonstrate dignity and respect for self and others," the guidelines continue.
However, the report ultimately concluded that Volesky's comment to Mrs. Biden was legally permissible as it was made within his "personal capacity."
Volesky is not the only former high-ranking military official to make politically charged comments in recent years, as fellow retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey repeatedly attacked former President Donald Trump.
The Independent reported in 2019 that McCaffery put up a since-deleted post to the social media platform then-known as Twitter comparing Trump to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
The former general's statement came in response to a decision by the White House to cancel its subscription to The New York Times and Washington Post.
"The White House Trump statement telling the entire Federal Government to terminate subscriptions to the NYT and Wash Post is a watershed moment in national history," McCaffrey declared, adding, "No room for HUMOROUS media coverage. This is deadly serious. This is Mussolini."