Involuntary Separation for Misconduct Versus Medical Separation

Photo attribution:  Vecteezy At Ganz and Bridges Law Office, we often get inquiries from clients asking whether the military can separate them for misconduct while they are also pending a separation for medical reasons. The simple answer is “yes,” the military can involuntarily separate a servicemember for misconduct even though the Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or […]

Ask a Military Lawyer: What is a Special Court-Martial consisting of a Military Judge Alone?

Special Court-Martial consisting of a Military Judge Alone has limited punishment, but no right to a jury trial

As part of the Military Justice Act of 2016, for the first time ever, Congress created a Special Court-Martial consisting of a Military Judge Alone. Starting in 2019, military prosecutors and their convening authorities have the ability to refer court-martial charges to a Special Court-Martial consisting of a Military Judge Alone. This means the accused […]

Ask a Military Lawyer: Can You Reenlist After an Administrative Discharge?

Some people serve in the military for a career, while others may serve for only one tour of duty.  When enlisting in the military, the amount of time an individual serves is determined by their enlistment contract in most cases. However, some do not serve their entire enlistment contract. Time in the military can prematurely […]

Sexual Assault in the Military

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Sexual assault in the military is a significant issue. In fact, sexual assault and other sexual offenses under the UCMJ are arguably the most commonly charged offenses at a court martial. Society, and Congress in turn, have put a spotlight on sexual assault in the military over the past 15 years. What Does “Sexual Assault […]

UCMJ Offenses – An Evolution

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The punitive articles of the UCMJ are a series of statutes (laws) that specify criminal offenses in all branches of the Armed Forces. Let’s take a look at the evolution of UCMJ Offenses. Military members have been subject to a military criminal code since before the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. The Articles […]

Ask a Military Defender: What Are The Benefits of Honorable Discharge?

Honolulu Discharge Upgrade

Over 85 percent of veterans receive an honorable discharge when they leave military service. Veterans with an honorable discharge are entitled to all VA benefits and future employers will look favorably upon their service. If you are a veteran, you should be familiar with the benefits the VA offers.  Unfortunately, some military members leave the […]

Court Martial Lawyer: All You Need to Know

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As an active U.S. military member, nothing about your life is like a civilian. Your day-to-day requires you to live a very special lifestyle. When you need legal representation, why would you hire someone who doesn’t understand this? Rather than take a chance, it’s recommended that you retain the services of a court martial lawyer. […]

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