Improper Sexual Conduct Under Article 134
Within the US Armed Forces, certain sex acts are considered improper sexual conduct and can result in a court-martial. Under Article 134 of the UCMJ, a military court is granted the discretion to punish any actions that bring discredit or dishonor to the Armed Forces.
What Qualifies as Improper Sexual Conduct?While this concept is relatively vague, Article 134 acts as a catch-all umbrella provision that could potentially cover any type of indecent sexual conduct that isn’t already defined in Article 120. These acts often include:
- Homosexuality or homosexual acts
- Nontraditional sexual arrangements
- Misconduct between an officer and his or her subordinate
- Consensual acts that are otherwise considered indecent