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    I think the differences in where UCMJ authority is vested have a lot to do with how the services deal with these things.  In the Army you are knee deep in UCMJ from day one.  Platoon Leaders end up in front of the "old man" when their troops get in trouble.  XOs are either the good cop or bad cop.  By the time they are Company commanders they may have been involved with dozens of UCMJ cases.  As a Commander you deal with all of your lower level cases and and then stand with your more serious troops when they see the Battalion or Brigade Commander.  By the time most Army officers hit 6 years they have a ton of UCMJ experience.  Contrast that with Air Force and Navy officers who might never command until they hit O5 or O6.  I have an Air Force peer right now who is about to go into his first command at the 17 year point of his career.  In those 17 years he has had one interaction with the UCMJ.  While I was an Lieutenant I had 2 of my soldiers get Article 15s, one Court Martialed (GCM for selling LSD) and I sat as a jury member on two trials including a rape trial.  While my kid was being tried 2 other members of my company (different platoons) were also in the GCM process.  My poor company commander had to explain why 1/3rd of all the GCMs in the Division were from his company.  Since this was a tank company (small) that was not a good thing.  A buddy in our sister infantry battalion had 5 guys being court martialed at the same time about a year later.  30 man platoon and he had 5 guys (drugs).

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 05:13:54 PM PST

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