The skills of a military lawyer may be needed in instances other than a court martial. In fact, they might be helpful in pursuing a promotion, as in today’s story.
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.
A recent military criminal investigation is questioning the conduct of several members of a National Guard unit that was deployed to Ethiopia.