Although sexual harassment and assault are not permitted in the military, are victims who come forward protected? A recent service member’s story may raise concerns.
Individuals that want to serve their country but have other personal circumstances, such as family or work obligations, might opt for the Reserves or the Army National Guard. The enlistment and training schedule may only involve weekends and a few weeks during the year.
Despite similarities, a military job is different from a civilian one because of the chain of command. Refusing orders may subject a service member to adverse consequences.
Readers may have heard references to doctor-patient privilege, which ensures confidentiality of a patient’s sensitive medical information under many circumstances.
Not every military investigation begins with one’s commanding officer. In a recent example, a senior Air Force general’s disgraceful exit began with a complaint filed with the Air Force inspector general.
The reasons why a service member might require the skills of a lawyer can be quite varied, as illustrated by the client testimonials on our law firm’s website. Yet several common themes emerge, often involving a fight to preserve one’s career, military benefits or future opportunities.
Can a food allergy render a cadet unfit for service and jeopardize his or her ROTC program participation? According to a recent incident involving a sergeant in the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s ROTC program, the answer to that question might be yes.
Although it may seem counterintuitive, having a discharge upgraded is actually a good thing. The term comes from Section 1553, Title 10 of the United States Code. The law authorizes a board to review the discharge of any former member of the armed forces, with the exception of those resulting from a general court-martial.
Although Article 111 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice prohibits driving under the influence, the military’s intoxication standard may differ from a civilian DUI.
In our last post, we discussed the frightening prospect of a war injury costing a service member his or her eligibility for VA benefits. This may seem unbelievable, as military benefits are supposed to compensate and care for America’s soldiers after their service. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine a situation when a soldier would be in greater need of care than after a war injury.