When are Members of the Armed Forces Held to the UCMJ?

When you first joined the military, you may not have realized that you would be under a new set of laws. The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) is separate from civilian law, but it is upheld in a similar manner.

The UCMJ contains many “obvious” laws that civilians already have to obey, like laws against murder and theft. However, in addition to the laws servicemen and women have practiced as civilians, the UCMJ also adds laws that might surprise [...]

6 Differences between Military and Civilian Criminal Proceedings

Entering into the military comes with a separate set of rules, privileges, and responsibilities. The world of criminal justice is no exception. Military criminal proceedings have different courts, processes, and penalties than civilian courts.

Just like civilian crimes, though, military crimes have the potential to destroy your reputation and your career. If you have been charged with a crime or are afraid you may be charged with a crime, become familiar with military criminal proceedings to prepare yourself for what [...]