Military Members are Subject to Different Legal Laws

Members of the military are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. There are also several free legal services available to military members, their families, and veterans.

If you are in the military, you are subject to a different legal system than civilians are, the following links describe that legal system:

  • Military law overview
  • Physical disability board of review
  • Military political activity restrictions
  • Nonjudicial punishment explained
  • Courts martial explained

There are several legal benefits available to military members, their families, and veterans including:

  • Personal and family legal assistance and counseling
  • Legal appeal resources for Veterans claims
  • The Servicemember's Civil Relief Act
  • The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act 

You Might Need A Military Law Attorney If You Have Been Accused Of The Following:

Adultery

Adultery is punishable under UCMJ Article 134, with a maximum punishment of dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for up to one year. 

Jumping From A Vessel Into The Water

Also under Article 134, service members are not allowed to intentionally jump ship. If you fall, that’s fine. But the act of entering the water cannot have been willfully done. If a service member is held guilty of jumping from a vessel into a water, he can be punished with a bad conduct discharge, forfeiture of allowances and pay and six months of confinement.

Pens

The military, like as the government, has very specific requirements for its pens. Labeled “Skilcraft,” the pen consists of seven different parts and meets 16 pages of military specs — including that it be able to write for a mile with no fading and withstand temperatures up to 160 degrees and down to 40 degrees below zero, according to The Washington Post. Its use dates all the way back to the Great Depression.

Indecent Language

If you’ve served or even know someone who has, you know that this law is complete bullshit. Still, under Paragraph 89 of Article 134, indecent language is prohibited within the military. What’s more, under Article 88, service members are not permitted to voice contempt against an official — meaning enlisted or lower ranked persons than a particular official are forbidden from using derogatory words against important officials. This includes derogation that is verbal, written, and even posted to social media sites.