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The concept of a court martial may seem mystifying to some, but it doesn’t have to be. Every military service member should understand the core components of the court martial process. In that spirit, let’s take a look at two essential elements of military court: preferral and referral of charges. Forming the Military Court, Read More

If you are suspected of a crime in the military it is surely important you understand your rights, such as your right to remain silent, or to have an attorney present during questioning by a law enforcement agent.  However, beyond your basic Constitutional Rights, it is equally important to understand what you should and, Read More

When a member of the military is accused of misconduct or criminal activity, that person’s commanding officer or general may initiate a preliminary inquiry to investigate the situation. Generally, the commanding officer will appoint a senior enlisted or officer within his/her command to investigate the allegations, and to produce a report that details what,, Read More

When a member of the United States military is accused of a crime, in order for the case to be referred to a General Court Martial the charges must be investigated before it can progress. This process is called an Article 32 hearing. These hearings serve many different purposes, but they are mainly designed, Read More

If you’re working overseas on a United States government contract, you’re likely to be covered by the Defense Base Act (DBA). It offers benefits to compensate you for injuries or disabilities you received on the job. What is the DBA, exactly, and how does it work? Keep reading to learn the basics. What is, Read More

A court-martial is a military version of a civilian criminal proceeding. Like its civilian counterpart, it requires an accused to be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, but any real similarity ends there. Differences include: Courts-martial are specifically intended to try military offenses. All jurors are service members specifically selected by the base commander, Read More

Are you a member of the U.S. Army Reserve who has just been called up for active duty? A U.S. Marine who is about to be deployed for several months? If so, you may be understandably worried about how you are going to balance the demands of military service and any financial or legal, Read More

Under the Fifth Amendment, civilians have the right to protect themselves from compulsory self-incrimination. In the seminal ruling in Miranda v. Arizona (1966), the Supreme Court ruled that if a person was under custody (that is, they could reasonably believe that they could not leave the interrogation), they must be read their Miranda rights., Read More

According to multiple national media outlets, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) has opened a large-scale investigation into potentially hundreds of active duty and former Marines for their alleged online posting of sexually explicit photos of other female Marines on a private Facebook group. This would be the second large investigation into military servicemembers’, Read More

According to a pending Senate Bill, since World War II more than 100,000 Service Members are estimated to have been discharged from the military because of their sexual orientation. Many of these Service Members were assigned discharge characterizations that were not honorable. After 1993 when DADT went into effect, some Service Members may have, Read More

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