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Military Criminal Law

When you put on the uniform of the United States military, you take on increased responsibilities as you serve your country at home or abroad. Along with these additional responsibilities comes an entire body of laws and rules called the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). While many of these laws and rules would likely be unconstitutional if applied to everyday citizens, such as laws prohibiting insubordination or fraternization, they apply to you while you’re serving in the military, given your special position and the mission of the armed services. This section covers some of the unique laws and procedures that apply to service members as well as how the military prosecutes crimes in its own judicial forum, known as a court-martial. After reading this section, you’ll have a better understanding of military criminal law and procedures and how they can affect you and your career.

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