What are the Different Types of Military Discharge?

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Most people are familiar with the two main types of military discharges—honorable and dishonorable—but there are numerous others as well. Most discharges are administrative, while others are punitive, related to medical conditions, or for the government’s convenience. Understanding the nature of your specific discharge can help you understand how it might complicate your ability to … Read more

Can You be Charged Under the UCMJ After Discharge?

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The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) has defined and punished military crimes since its inception in 1950. It’s usually reserved for charging active-duty service members, but the code also allows certain retirees to be court-martialed. Now, certain legal cases are challenging the longstanding rules, which could have significant ramifications for military veterans. Who Does … Read more

Joseph L. Jordan: Military Defense Attorney with a Global Perspective

Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law, is based out of Killeen, Texas, with a strong presence at Fort Cavazos (Fort Hood). Even so, our military defense attorneys represent brave men and women from all five branches of the military, no matter where they’re stationed around the world. So whether you’re a Soldier, Sailor, Coast Guardsman, … Read more


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In United States v. Gilpin, the sexual assault conviction is reversed by the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA). According to the CCA’s review, the conviction was based primarily on testimonies from the alleged victim, which were deemed “factually insufficient.” The victim claimed they had been unconscious due to heavy intoxication while the accused sexually assaulted them, … Read more

Mass Arrest Of Marines In Battalion Formation Ruled As Unlawful Command Influence

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In July, 16 Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton were arrested while about 800 other military service members joined in a battalion formation. The commanding officer of the battalion asked the Marines to come forward and held a red folder, which is usually used in ceremonies to award service members. Instead of awarding them, though, the … Read more

Presidential pardons for 1st lt. Lorance & major golsteyn, rank restoration for chief gallagher

A recent press release issued by the White House has announced that President Trump has given clemency to two military service members and a rank restoration to another. Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance and Army Major Mathew Golsteyn were each given an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) for their unrelated military criminal cases. Special Warfare Operator First … Read more

Caaf Approves Rehearing For U.s. V. Frost Child Sexual Assault Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) has decided to reverse the outcome of the Army child sexual assault case of U.S. v. Frost and authorize a rehearing. During the case, the defense asserted that the alleged child victim had been improperly influenced by her mother into testifying against Frost. It was argued … Read more


The Army Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) recently affirmed the sentencing of Private First Class Bergdahl, who was charged with “desertion with the intent to shirk important service and avoid hazardous duty” and “misbehavior before the enemy” in 2015. The desertion case was unique and reached headlines in that President Trump tweeted to the masses his … Read more

Court-martial For Retirees Under Ucmj Article 2 Is Unconstitutional, Rules Nmcca

In a surprising decision that will send shockwaves throughout the military criminal justice system, the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals (NMCCA) has held that it is unconstitutional to use Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) Article 2 to court-martial a retired service member. Within Article 2, it specifically says that court-martial jurisdiction applies to “retired members of … Read more

Reviewing the Report of the Fort Cavazos (Fort Hood) Independent Review Board Findings

Fort Cavazos (Fort Hood) Review

Under the direction of the Secretary of the Army, the Fort Cavazos (Fort Hood) Independent Review Committee (FHIRC) recently conducted a comprehensive assessment of the “Fort Cavazos (Fort Hood) command climate and culture and its impact, if any, on the safety, welfare, and readiness of our soldiers and units.” The committee’s report focuses largely on … Read more