It’s a nightmare scenario for what might be scores of thousands of Vietnam-era veterans.
In the past month, we have been talking about sexual assault in the military. This is a very important topic, as this terrible crime is unacceptable -- whether it happens within military circles or not. However, no matter whether this crime occurs under military law or civil law, a defendant still has his or her right to a defense. Military sexual assault may come with other complicating factors that may not be present in a civil case.
We took an introductory look at the Uniform Code of Military Justice in our August 26 blog post, noting the congressional enactment of this singular legal system in 1950. The UCMJ applies to all active duty servicemembers.
Following formal investigation, a high-ranking Army officer serving in Japan will be demoted by one grade and retired from military service.