Department of Air Force Instruction 36-3211 7G: Military Separations for cases of Sexual Assault

The Department of the Air Force recently released DAF Instruction 36-3211, which increases support for sexual assualt victims, promotes accountability and prevention, and outlines the discharge steps to be taken for separation.   DAFI 36-3211 7G: Sexual Assault  DAFI 36-3211 describes sexual assault as rape, sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact, or attempts to … Read more

Can Military Members Date Each Other?

All branches of the U.S. military have rules regarding friendships, business associations, dating, and marriage among service members of different ranks and positions. Not all contact between officers and their subordinates is prohibited, and the goal is not to dissuade service members from having interpersonal relationships. Rather, the regulations are intended to prevent compromising order, … Read more

What to Know About Fraudulent Enlistment

Deliberately falsifying information on a military service application can result in severe penalties, including a fraudulent enlistment charge under Article 83 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). The first purpose of Article 83 is to prevent people from entering the armed forces without the proper qualifications. Then, it aims to ensure service members … Read more

What Is the Military’s Policy on Alcohol Consumption?

Military member drinking alcohol.

As a military service member, it’s important to understand how the military handles alcohol use. This way, you can make lawful, responsible choices regarding your alcohol consumption. Here’s what you need to know to remain in good standing as a service member and what to do if you face disciplinary action for excessive alcohol use. … Read more

Can You Appeal a Court-Martial Conviction?

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If you are a recently convicted military service member, you may wonder if you can appeal a court-martial conviction. The short answer is yes. The military has built-in protections for convicted service members, including the ability to appeal a decision, which may reduce or eliminate your sentence. The rules that apply depend on which type … Read more

What Happens to Military Deserters?

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Failing to report for military duty is a serious offense carrying severe penalties up to and including capital punishment (the death penalty) for desertion during wartime. The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) covers three charges relating to failure to report for duty—desertion, absence without leave (AWOL), and missing movement. Being absent without leave for … Read more

Settlement to Review Thousands of Navy and Marine Corps Discharges

Marine Corps

Military service members often experience more than their fair share of trauma while serving their country. Unfortunately, the resulting post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries (TBI), military sexual trauma (MST), and other behavioral and mental health conditions can lead to misconduct that garners wrongful military discharges. This is the argument Iraq War veteran Tyson … Read more

What is the Most Common Type of Military Discipline?

All military service members are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Specific crimes and their corresponding punishments are defined in the 146 articles of the UCMJ. Notably, the articles also provide procedural protections for members, including the right to a military defense attorney and the option to appeal courts-martial convictions. Military Crime … Read more