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The UCMJ General Courts-Martial Panel Selection Process

It may surprise you to learn that the current criminal justice system applied by all branches of the U.S. armed forces predates the current Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) by several years...approximately 2,000 years, in fact. The  origins of the courts-martial process for a member of the military stretches as far back as the Roman legions, conducted under the auspices of the maqistri militum

What are the potential penalties from a general court-martial?

A recent example illustrates the serious consequences that can result from a general court-martial. The accused was convicted of a child pornography possession charge. In addition to a bad conduct discharge, the Coast Guard petty officer’s punishments include 30 months of military confinement, pay and allowances forfeitures, and a pay grade reduction.

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