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Extramarital sexual conduct, which includes “adultery”, is illegal for members of the armed forces in certain circumstances.  To be punishable under the UCMJ, the Government must prove three elements: That the accused wrongfully engaged in extramarital conduct with a certain person; That, at the time, the accused knew that the accused or the other, Read More

There are two types of manslaughter under the UCMJ: voluntary and involuntary.  Voluntary manslaughter occurs when a person is unlawfully killed “in the heat of sudden passion caused by adequate provocation.”  Involuntary manslaughter is when a death results from “culpable negligence” or occurs during the commission of certain offenses.  The elements for these offenses, Read More

Any person subject to the UCMJ who, without justification or excuse, unlawfully kills a human being is guilty of murder.  There are four ways murder can occur under the UCMJ: Premeditated Murder That a certain named or described person is dead; That the death resulted from the act or omission of the accused; That, Read More

Driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances is always dangerous and should be avoided no matter your station in life. If you are caught and convicted driving in an impaired state, you will face very serious penalties. For those who are serving in the military, there are a variety of additional concerns, Read More

When serving in the military there are many things that can trigger your separation from the Armed Forces. While most of the time this will simply be the end of your enlistment contract, there are other situations where your military career is cut short. When this occurs, the military will often refer the case, Read More

The United States military has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to illegal drugs. Under Article 112a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), anyone who wrongfully possesses, uses, manufactures, imports, or distributes certain controlled substances can be court-martialed and face up to five years in prison, among other penalties. What Is Article, Read More

In the U.S. military justice system, the purpose of a special court-martial is to address charges that are not severe enough to warrant a general court-martial but are too serious for a summary court-martial. These non-capital offenses are generally equivalent to a misdemeanor in the civilian justice system. All classes of enlisted servicemembers are, Read More

Contractors play a valuable role in modern U.S. military operations. They perform essential tasks like guarding bases, driving convoy trucks, maintaining military vehicles, serving as translators, and other work in combat zones or on U.S. bases outside the United States. Like their military counterparts, they can be injured on the job and when that, Read More

There is just no set answer to this question. The truth is that the employer and insurance carrier control the timeline–the harder they fight, the longer it takes. A simple case can be settled within 4-6 months while a more difficult case can take well over a year. How Does the DBA Process Work?, Read More

Living through terrible events can leave a person feeling shattered and make it difficult to cope with and adjust to the rest of your life. This is especially true for soldiers after the horrors of war, but is no less true for the contractors who served side-by-side with them. Most people are likely to, Read More