Military law can seem like a complex and confusing area of the law with big impacts on the lives of service members and others. Because of this reality, and the significant impact military law can have on many aspects of a service member's life, it is helpful for military members to understand what military law refers to and some of the concerns it may address.
When a military career ends prematurely it can end in an administrative separation which can have a significant and negative impact on military members, their lives and futures. There are two types of administrative separations military service members should be familiar with including administrative separations and punitive discharges.
There are two broad categories of military discharges including an honorable discharge and a dishonorable discharge. There are a variety of circumstances, both good and bad, that my lead to a servicemember's separation from the military so it is helpful for them to understand what those circumstances are.
As this blog has addressed on previous occasions, soldiers and sailors in the United States armed forces are subject to a special set of laws called the Uniform Code of Military Justice, or UCMJ.
There are a variety of specific and unique legal issues military members may face. Because some of the threats they face can be career-ending, it is important for military members to be familiar with their legal options and rights. As is also true when anyone has a legal concern or legal matter they need help with, it is important to understand the legal resources and options available to them. Military service members facing accusations of violating military law need to be prepared with how to respond to those allegations because the consequences can be significant.
Being discharged from the military is a significant event in the life of most military members. Military members enter the military in a contract with the government and it provides a source of livelihood for military members who are protecting the nation. As a result, if they are facing discharge, they may have a number of questions about what the different types of discharge are and what they mean.
Non-judicial punishments in the military are referred to under Article 15. Non-judicial punishments refer to when commanding officers have the ability to administratively discipline service members for minor offenses. Depending on what branch of the military the service member is in, either a commanding officer or officer in charge is able to carry out a non-judicial punishment under military law.
One of the reasons that the United States military is the strongest in the world is the ingrained sense of duty, discipline and respect for hierarchy that service members embrace when they take on the incredible role of soldier, sailor or airman. Virginia residents who have served in the armed forces can attest to the importance of trusting one's fellow service members and understanding the importance of fulfilling one's responsibilities not only to protect their personal safety but also to protect the well-being of others in their units.
An error in the computation of taxes regarding military disability severance pay will result in more than 130,000 veterans receiving refunds from the government. Virginia veterans who received these lump-sum payments and were taxed on them after January 1992, may be eligible for refunds and, therefore, may receive notifications from the Department of Defense regarding their eligibility.
A member of the United States military who is subject to a Virginia child support order is required to make payments under that order for the financial benefit of their child. If the service member is able to keep up with their payments in a timely manner, then they may not run into any issues regarding enforcement of the order. If, however, the service member falls behind on their payments, then they may see a non discretionary allotment taken out of their pay for the satisfaction of the delinquent child support payments.