Does the Military Test for Steroids?

Due to the physical and cognitive demands of military service, 60% of Armed Forces members regularly consume dietary supplements to promote general good health. These products range from multivitamins and herbal supplements to purported steroid analogs. While many supplements are innocuous, others can cause serious side effects, including anabolic steroids. According to the Department of … Read more

How Jury Selection Differs in the Military & Article 120 Cases

Courts-martial are military courts that try the serious offenses of accused service members. As in civilian courts, a jury sits in on most court-martial cases. However, the selection process differs greatly, especially for Article 120 cases addressing sexual assault and rape. Learn about the differences and how a military defense attorney can help ensure you … Read more

What is a GOMOR?

A General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand (GOMOR) is a Letter of Reprimand (LOR), or administrative warning, sent from a general officer to a military service member who fails to meet established standards or policies. A GOMOR may be filed in one of two ways: In the Military Personnel Record Jacket (MPRJ), a “local file” that … Read more

Can You Join the Military with a Criminal Record?

Are you interested in joining the military? A criminal record doesn’t make it impossible to enlist, but it certainly complicates the process. The military holds recruits to a high standard. When you visit a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), a recruiter interviews you to determine your mental aptitude, physical qualifications, and moral character. A criminal … 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 Happens to Military Deserters?

Military deserter

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

How Does Pretrial Confinement Work for Military Members?

When a person is charged with a crime, the judge may order pretrial confinement. The military version of pretrial confinement shares some similarities to civilian rules, but there are some notable differences. By understanding how pretrial confinement works for military members, you’ll know what to expect if this has been imposed on you. How Pretrial … Read more