Does a court-martial count as a felony when reported to local law enforcement?

Possibly, yes. It depends on the crime and level of court-martial. The military, unlike civilian courts, does not label offenses as “felonies” or “misdemeanors.” However, federal and most state laws define a “felony” as “any crime punishable by imprisonment in excess of one year or death.” Therefore, most General court-martial convictions would be considered felonies.

Felony level offenses in the military include:

  • Rape and Sex Crimes
  • Murder
  • Larceny of Government Property
  • Child Pornography
  • Identity Theft
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Desertion
  • BAH Fraud, and many others
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