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  • Article 117a, UCMJ, colloquially referred to as the UCMJ’s “revenge porn” article, criminalizes the wrongful broadcast or distribution of intimate visual images. Article 117a was codified in response to the 2017 “Marines United” scandal in which nude images of female servicemembers and civilians were posted on Facebook by military members. Elements To be punishable, Read More

    Assault & Battery Assault and battery are closely related, but they are not quite the same. The distinction is usually whether contact occurs. One can commit an assault without committing a battery; however, one cannot commit a battery without also committing an assault. Article 128 of the UCMJ deals with assault and battery. For, Read More

    From 2002 to 2016, the U.S. Department of Defense contracted with 3M, a Minnesota company, to manufacture and supply ear plugs for servicemembers. The ear plugs 3M provided were called the Dual Ended Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) and were provided as standard issue to members of every branch. The ear plugs were supposed to, Read More

    Absence Without Leave (AWOL) There are multiple punitive articles that deal with military members who leave their place of duty without authorization. Several articles deal with specific instances of unauthorized absence. For example, Article 85 deals with Desertion, which includes such conduct as leaving a place of duty without authority and with the intent, 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