UCMJ Sexual Misconduct Against Junior Soldiers

As a member of the armed forces, you are often held to a higher standard than most civilians. Because of this, there are a certain number of laws that apply specifically to the military.

The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) outlines the laws that apply directly to service members. A new addition to this law went into effect in January of 2019 and it is important to understand how it could impact you.

Protection of Junior Soldiers

As outlined by the UCMJ, it is illegal to have sex with junior recruits or trainees if you are in a position of trust, such as a drill sergeant or recruiter. The maximum punishment has increased from two to five years.

Sexual misconduct between a person in a position of trust and a junior solider, recruit or trainee is illegal even if the encounter was completely consensual.

How We Can Help

If you have been charged with sexual misconduct with a junior soldier or other crime outlined in the UCMJ, it is important to talk to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Garrison Military Defense specialize in military defense law and are ready to fight your charges. To discuss your options, schedule a free review of your case today.

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