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Article 31(b) Rights

The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) explicitly prohibits compulsory self-incrimination. Pursuant to Article 31(b), “no person…may interrogate, or request any statement from an accused or a person suspected of an offense without first informing him of the nature of the accusation and advising him that he does not have to make any statement.” In short, neither your commanding officer nor anyone else in your command can force you to answer their questions if they suspect you of criminal behavior; you have the absolute right to remain silent. Furthermore, if you are suspected of a crime, you have the absolute right to speak with a lawyer. It is essential to note that exercising these rights can never be used against you later in a trial.

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