A denied or revoked security clearance can spell stress and trouble for a worker in virtually any industry or career calling, with that being especially true for servicemembers in the United States armed forces.
A recent media article points to the great division between the American military’s harsh and uncompromising policy toward servicemembers’ marijuana use and “the changing tide of both law and public perception.”
Just as is the case with millions of civilians, many military servicemembers go about their daily job-related duties without the need to access confidential or otherwise privileged information.
When an enlisted man or woman is given an order, he or she is expected to abide by it. There are any number of reasons why orders are given and a surprising number of reasons why an enlisted individual might defy any given order. It is important to understand that failure to follow orders could result in significant consequences under military law. Most enlisted individuals understand this, but it can sometimes be difficult to follow orders that are not specific and precise in nature.
One way for a would-be commissioned military officer to attain that status is to gain admission to and graduate from one of the nation’s prestigious military academies. Another is to participate in the military’s college-based program known as the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (more commonly referred as ROTC).
A military order would seem to be a cut-and-dried directive that simply needs to be obeyed, right? That seems fairly evident from even a cursory examination of military history, doctrine and practice in the field.
It’s a nightmare scenario for what might be scores of thousands of Vietnam-era veterans.
Military and civilian environments are simply different in many respects. This difference has long been noted by American lawmakers and expressly referenced in the United States Constitution, the country's foremost legal document.
Although the various branches of the military call it different names, such as Article 15, Captain’s Mast or Office Hours, the term applies to the same thing, namely, non-judicial punishment.
Interesting questions have come up in the wake of the Army’s decision to forcibly retire Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair next month for his allegedly inappropriate conduct engaged in with a subordinate officer.