Training in the U.S. Naval Academy has expanded beyond tactical maneuvers: Several weeks ago, the Academy hosted a sexual assault awareness training. The training included scenario-based questions, interactions between the audience and the military trainers, as well as role-play exercises.
In our last post, we discussed the topic of sexual assault in the military, which made national news when it was mentioned by one of the presidential candidates. Although raising awareness of the issue is a first step, there must also be follow-through.
A service member may have need of a lawyer that focuses on military law for a variety of reasons. In fact, a need may also arise after a service member has left military service. For example, a former service member might encounter military-related discrimination after leaving the service.
The short answer is yes.
Should a service member place his or her trust in free legal services? To be sure, there are talented men and women who serve in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Legal assistance from JAG attorneys is generally available to all active duty members of the Armed Forces, as well as reservists who served on active duty at least 30 days, retirees, and lawful dependents. In some cases, federal civilian employees may also have access to free legal help from JAG attorneys.
Readers may be familiar with the concept of double jeopardy, which generally prohibits a criminal defendant from being tried for the same criminal offense twice. In the military justice system, a court-martial might be viewed as the equivalent of a criminal trial. Why, then, does a recent news article profile a marine who is facing a second court-martial?
An appeal to a physical evaluation board does not always seek admittance. In fact, sometimes a service member may need to have a disability officially confirmed before he or she becomes eligible for certain benefits. Our law firm has represented both active and former military members who believe they received incorrect determinations from a PEB. We can help build a strong case for proving a member’s true physical and/or mental condition.
As a law firm that focuses on military law, we have represented members of the armed services in a variety of defensive matters, including court-martial proceedings, administrative hearings, and security clearance defense or reinstatements. Today’s post focuses on the latter.
Facing allegations of wrongdoing can be impactful for any college student. Such accusations can have particularly big consequences though for those students who are participants in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program. This is because such allegations could, in some circumstances, lead to an ROTC cadet facing disenrollment from the program.
Does the military afford procedural fairness to a service member accused of disciplinary or other violations? A recent book observes that military justice is different from civilian justice, serving several simultaneous aims, such as justice, due process and discipline. When it comes to a court-martial, however, the author believes that discipline is paramount, with justice and due process subordinate.