Military Law and the Court Martial Process
Members of the military who are accused of crimes defined in the “Punitive Articles” section of the UCMJ will often face a court-martial trial. Many of these crimes are similar to civilian crimes, such as larceny, arson, manslaughter, and conspiracy. Other crimes in the UCMJ are specific to the military such as mutiny, desertion, and insubordination. Regardless of their branch, all members of the military who violate the UCMJ are subject to a potential court-martial. Courts-martial are run in accordance with guidelines set forth in the Manual for Courts-Martial, which is issued by the President of the United States.