Here is a picture of Mr. Charles Djou's campaign website for his run for Congress.  The picture of him in uniform is part of a "slideshow" on his home page.    Does the picture violate a Dept. of Defense Directive?

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Exerpts from DoD Directive

Department of Defense

NUMBER 1344.10
February 19, 2008
SUBJECT: Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces
References: (a) DoD Directive 1344.10, "Political Activities by Members of the Armed
Forces on Active Duty," August 2, 2004 (hereby canceled)
(b) Sections 973, 888, 101, and Chapter 47 of title 10, United States Code
(c) DoD Instruction 1334.1, "Wearing of the Uniform," October 26, 2005
(d) Section 441a of title 2, United States Code
(e) through (i), see Enclosure 1
This Directive:
1.1. Reissues Reference (a) to update policies on political activities of members of the Armed Forces.
1.2. Implements section 973(b) through (d) of Reference (b).
This Directive applies to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Military Departments (including the Coast Guard at all times, including when it is a Service in the Department of Homeland Security by agreement with that Department), the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities in the Department of Defense (hereafter referred to collectively as the "DoD Components"). Paragraph 4.3. applies to members of the National Guard, even when in a non-Federal status. Other provisions apply to members of the National Guard while on active duty, which, for purposes of this Directive only, also includes full-time National Guard Use or mention, or permit the use or mention of, their military rank or grade and military service affiliation; BUT they must clearly indicate their retired or reserve status. Include or permit the inclusion of their current or former specific military duty, title, or position, or photographs in military uniform, when displayed with other non-military biographical details. Any such military information must be accompanied by a prominent and clearly displayed disclaimer that neither the military information nor photographs imply endorsement by the Department of Defense or their particular Military Department (or the Department of Homeland Security for members of the Coast Guard); e.g., "John Doe is a member of the Army National Guard. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense."
4.3.2. Members included in subparagraph 4.3.1. may NOT, in campaign literature (including Web sites, videos, television, and conventional print advertisements): Use or allow the use of photographs, drawings, and other similar media formats of themselves in uniform as the primary graphic representation in any campaign media, such as a billboard, brochure, flyer, Web site, or television commercial. For the purposes of this policy, "photographs" include video images, drawings, and all other similar formats of representational media.
6 DoDD 1344.10, February 19, 2008 Depict or allow the depiction of themselves in uniform in a manner that does not accurately reflect their actual performance of duty. For the purpose of this policy, "photographs" include video images, drawings, and all other similar formats of representational media.