Michelle Manhart was discharged from the military today for her nude photos in Playbay magazine. Apparently the discharge was an honorable one according to Manhart herself.

Links to the pics are here if you are interested in studying such military matters.

I don’t know really what to make of this story. Clearly we like to support the troops, but this kind of support is not normally what we have in mind. The only question I care about is what affect her posing in Playboy magazine has on the morale in her unit. Would you want to be taking enemy fire in a fighter jet with Michelle Manhart? Or perhaps the better question is would you want your son to be there? And could she be effective as a drill sergeant anymore?

An Air Force drill sergeant and former Iowa National Guard member who posed nude for Playboy magazine has been removed from active duty, she said Wednesday. Whether that amounts to an honorable discharge, as Michelle Manhart also says, is unclear.

Manhart, who appeared in a six-page spread in Playboy’s February issue, said she got word Friday that she was removed from “extended active duty” and was also told that she was demoted in rank from staff sergeant to senior airman.

“I’m disappointed in our system,” Manhart told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “They went too far with it.”

Manhart said that being removed from duty meant that she reverted to her Air National Guard status and that she submitted a “resignation” to the Guard, which she said is pending. Manhart was a member of the Iowa Air National Guard before going on extended active duty.

Manhart offered The AP a copy of a signed “request and authorization for separation” form that indicates her “character of service” was “honorable.” It is not clear whether the form is an official discharge order.