HomeNewsArticle Display

Uniform code of military justice changes

(U.S. Air Force Courtesy Graphic)

(U.S. Air Force Courtesy Graphic)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the Military Justice Act of 2016 will instate the most reform to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and Manual for Courts-Martial in decades, modernizing dated aspects of the military justice system while also providing transparency.

“The Military Justice Act represents the most significant change to the military justice system since the Military Justice Act of 1983. Over the past year, the Air Force JAG Corps has engaged in a robust training effort to educate every total force judge advocate and paralegal on the changes contained in the Act,” said Lt. Gen. Jeff Rockwell, Air Force Judge Advocate General. “In addition to training our Corps, our military justice experts are building tools and updating publications. Installation commanders, convening authorities, chief master sergeants and first sergeants will continue to receive military justice training in formal courses and from their local installation legal offices. Our focus is to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for all Airmen.”

The Act is the result of U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, former 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who proposed a systemic review of the UCMJ and MCM to the Secretary of Defense in 2013, advocating that changes need to be implemented to ensure military laws and regulations reflect today’s environment.

Among its major reforms, the Act will establish fixed numbers of members for courts-martial, expand judge-alone sentencing, expand the opportunity for convicted service members to appeal their convictions and require most court-martial documents be made publicly accessible under a system similar to those used in civilian criminal justice systems.

Additionally, the Act adds some new offenses such as retaliation against a person for reporting or planning to report a crime, fraudulent use of credit cards and debit cards and sexual activity between military members in a position of trust and specially protected junior members. While these offenses were prohibited in the past, they are now specifically enumerated crimes under the UCMJ.

The UCMJ’s is Chapter 47, Title 10, United States Code and can only be changed by legislation while the MCM is issued by the president as an Executive Order. The Act was enacted by Congress and signed by former President Obama in 2016.

Engage

Twitter
.@GenDaveGoldfein visited @RobinsAFB_GA to get updates on the installation. He heard about how missions have progre… https://t.co/4Hvz5ZvRJ8
Twitter
.@SecAFOfficial outlines the Air Force's 4 top priorities: build the Space Force, modernize the Air and Space Force… https://t.co/pIkl23NVtG
Twitter
Register by August 1! Exercise your right to vote! https://t.co/SkTSooPFrr
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: 103rd Airlift Wing Airmen load PPE into vehicles at a distribution site in Uncasville, CT. The @CTNationalGuard is helpin…
Twitter
The 31st Civil Engineer Squadron earned the 2019 Curtin Award as the AF's top CE squadron! Also, the 31st CES Opera… https://t.co/HLu6g3A882
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: #HeroesOfCOVID19 Airman 1st Class Joseph Charboneau is one of more than 300 @OKGuard members that stepped forward to help…
Twitter
Staying fit to fight requires you to maintain healthy habits. Make sure that you are fueling your body properly as… https://t.co/0mkeZ2IZGG
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: The @173rdFW partnered with local distributors to bring 390 boxes of fresh product to Airmen under the USDA Coronavirus F…
Twitter
An exclusive inside look at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, part of the Air Force Installation and Mission Sup… https://t.co/yKmxltx8jY
Twitter
Check out the Weapons Bay Door Pass maneuver! @F35demoteam https://t.co/UMiq6jrsjt
Twitter
How do you show your pride? 🏳️‍🌈 📹 U.S. Air Force video by Staff Sgt. Lexie West @RAFMildenhall #ReadyAF #AimHighhttps://t.co/igxb1cFKxa
Twitter
Many have invisible wounds. Our Airmen are our most valuable asset -- we must continue education and encourage tho… https://t.co/lZORmqacPL
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: .@WI_Guard teams have surpassed a milestone of 150,000 #COVID19 specimens collected, supporting a statewide effort to inc…
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: A KC-46 Pegasus assigned to the 56th ARS at Altus AFB, Okla., prepares to refuel a C-17 Globemaster III from the 58th AS du…
Twitter
Take a look at @3WG_CC's latest mission video. The 3rd Wing is assigned to @PACAF's Eleventh Air Force, stationed a… https://t.co/kO6rbHGnhF
Twitter
Capt. Stephanie Kompoltowicz, a nurse @386thAEW, and Senior Airman Lauren Frensley, a flight medical technician… https://t.co/txUpLCrJxA
Twitter
Capt. Joshua Chambliss provides an inside look at the training and day-to-day life of a Cyber Operations Officer.… https://t.co/jfWp6x2Qxl
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,244,347
Follow Us