What are punishments at a court-martial?

A court-martial conviction may result in serious life-altering consequences. In addition to the punishment given by the court-martial, the accused can suffer from lifelong collateral consequences as a result of the conviction.

A General court-martial can sentence the accused to the following punishments:

  • Dishonorable or Bad Conduct Discharge, Dismissal
  • Jail time, up to life without the possibility of parole. Note: Death is authorized for some offenses.
  • Reduction to E-1
  • Restriction
  • Extra duty
  • Hard labor without confinement
  • Forfeiture of all pay and allowances
  • Reprimand
  • Monetary fine
  • No punishment
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