Administrative Action

Friday, November 9, 2018

Administrative Separation Basics

There are a number of ways in which a service member’s military career can come to end. One such method is administrative separation. Sometimes confused with a punitive discharge, which typically occurs following a judicial conviction at a court-martial, an administrative separation is a process by which a soldier’s command seeks to involuntarily separate him or her through the administrative process. Administration separation can occur for a number of reasons, including:

  • Substance abuse;
  • Misconduct;
  • Insubordination;
  • Weight problems;
  • Nonperformance of duties; and
  • Poor performance of duties.
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Friday, October 12, 2018

What is Non-Judicial Punishment?

In the United States military, non-judicial punishment is a form of military justice that allows commanders to discipline troops without a court-martial. Non-judicial punishment is known by different terms among the different branches of the military. For example, the Army and Air Force refer to such punishment as “Article 15,” the Marine Corps calls it "office hours,” and the Navy and Coast Guard call it “mast.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Marines Air Dirty Laundry

Q: Can a court-martial be downgraded?

When a military service member is accused of a crime, they may be subjected to one of three different classifications of court-martial proceedings, each of which differs based on the seriousness of the offense, the procedures used, and the possible punishments delivered.

If you are facing a court-martial, no matter what the level, it's important to have a skilled civilian military court-martial defense attorney by your side because your reputation, career, freedom, finances, pension, benefits, and possibly your life may be on the line.

In a nutshell, court-martial proceedings generally range from least serious to most serious as follows:

  • Summary court-martial for minor offenses committed by enlisted soldiers and presided over by a single officer. 
  • Special court-martial for more serious offenses by enlisted service members or officers and presided over by a panel of three members plus a military judge, or a military judge alone. 
  • General court-martial reserved for the enlisted or officers charged with the most serious crimes, which may be presided over by a military judge alone or a panel of five members plus a military judge.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Popular “Humans of New York” Photographer Focuses on Veterans

17 million people follow the “Humans of New York” page on Facebook. That means 17 million people got to hear the stories told by veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq last month when HONY did a photo/story series called “Invisible Wounds.”

Most of the stories involved PTSD, and more importantly its treatment.

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