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    For those who have served in the military, the DoD’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination rollout has been exactly what you would expect—a cluster of misinformation and intimidation tactics resulting in service members being harassed and threatened to take the vaccine, discouraged from submitting religious accommodation requests, and berated by leadership if they dare to question, Read More

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    The military’s authority to place a service member in pretrial confinement recently received national attention after Marine Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller was placed in the brig following a series of social media posts and videos he made criticizing the American withdrawal from Afghanistan. While the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) does authorize Commanders, Read More

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    When an officer is recommended for involuntary separation based on performance, misconduct, or mental or physical ability, the matter is evaluated by an administrative separation board, also known as a “Board of Inquiry”, “Show Cause Board”, “Elimination Board” or “Board of Officers”. A separation board affords the officer the opportunity to fight for retention, 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

    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

    The consequences surrounding getting a DUI while serving in the military can be significant. Servicemembers who have gotten pulled over by civilian police are often surprised to find out that they are subject to prosecution under both the civilian judicial system AND the UCMJ. This article will detail how the DUI process works for, Read More

    The military’s Criminal Investigation Division has one, very important job: to investigate and determine whether or not a service member has committed a crime, or if their actions or involvement warrant court-martial. The CID is essentially the military’s version of a criminal investigator. Though many times CID agents will take a casual approach, make, Read More

    NPR’s Sarah McCammon asks military law expert Gerry Healy about President Trump’s latest policy restricting military service by transgender troops. Click the link here to read more.

    If you’ve been accused of a minor violation under the UCMJ, you may be facing a non-judicial punishment. These non-judicial punishments are typically authorized by your command, and are used as disciplinary measures for small offenses that don’t require formal legal action. Depending on your branch of service, the non-judicial punishment procedure may be, Read More

    Active duty service members facing criminal charges often face legal battles in two court systems; civilian court, and court martial via the military justice system. Both can have long-lasting consequences to your life and military career. Domestic assault charges are particularly damaging to service members. Under The Lautenberg Amendment, police officers and military personnel, Read More