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date: 21 September 2021

p. 576. Conduct unbecoming and all thatlocked

p. 576. Conduct unbecoming and all thatlocked

  • Eugene R. Fidell


Much of the court-martial docket involves cases concerned with the same kinds of criminality seen in the civilian courts. ‘Conduct unbecoming and all that’ explains that the docket also includes very different offenses that at times raise thorny questions. Many military codes list, alongside specific offenses, a “general article” that prohibits conduct prejudicial to good order and service discipline and conduct of a nature that brings discredit on the service. This clause covers a multitude of sins and provides ample fodder for litigation. Two other offenses, unique to the military, and not applicable to enlisted personnel, are “conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman” and speaking contemptuously of the president and other high officials.

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