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Maximum Punishments UCMJ Article 120 Offenses (2024): UCMJ Punishments Chart

Note: UCMJ offenses committed after December 27, 2023, are categorized as 1-6 (see chart below). There are now maximum and minimum punishments. All Article 120 UCMJ and Article 120b UCMJ offenses carry mandatory minimum jail sentences. This chart does not constitute legal advice. Please consult with an experienced military defense lawyer and the Manual for Court-Martial for updated sentencing laws.

New Categories: Mandatory Confinement Ranges for UCMJ Offenses Committed After 27 Dec 2023

  • Category 1 Offense: Confinement from 0-12 months
  • Category 2 Offense: Confinement from 1-36 months (1 month to 3 years)
  • Category 3 Offense: Confinement from 30-120 months (2 years and 6 months to 10 years)
  • Category 4 Offense: Confinement from 120-240 months (10 to 20 years)
  • Category 5 Offense: Confinement from 240-480 months (20 to 40 years)
  • Category 6 Offense: Confinement for life with eligibility for parole

Note: For all above categories, if the confinement portion of the maximum authorized punishment for the offense is less than the Offense Category’s confinement maximum, the lesser confinement portion of the maximum authorized punishment shall control as the recommended maximum confinement time for that offense. At a special court-martial, for an offense that is a category 3 offense or greater, the jurisdictional maximum period of confinement (12 months) constitutes the parameters; however, the military judge may impose a period of confinement less than the jurisdictional maximum period of confinement upon finding specific facts that warrant such a sentence.

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Article 120 UCMJ: Rape – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, life without eligibility for parole, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for this offense.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 4 Offense – Confinement from 120-240 months (10 to 20 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Rape By Force – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, life without eligibility for parole, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for this offense.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 4 Offense – Confinement from 120-240 months (10 to 20 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Rape By Force Likely to Cause Death or Grievous Bodily Harm – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, life without eligibility for parole, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for this offense.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 4 Offense – Confinement from 120-240 months (10 to 20 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Rape By Threatening or Placing in Fear – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, life without eligibility for parole, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for this offense.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 4 Offense – Confinement from 120-240 months (10 to 20 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Rape By First Rendering Unconscious – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, life without eligibility for parole, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for this offense.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 4 Offense – Confinement from 120-240 months (10 to 20 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Rape By Administering Drug/Intoxicant/Other Similar Substance – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, life without eligibility for parole, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for this offense.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 4 Offense – Confinement from 120-240 months (10 to 20 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Sexual assault – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 30 years, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for this offense.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 3 Offense – Confinement from 30-120 months (2 years and 6 months to 10 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Sexual assault By Threatening or Placing That Other Person in Fear – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 30 years, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for this offense.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 3 Offense – Confinement from 30-120 months (2 years and 6 months to 10 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Sexual assault by inducing a belief by artifice, pretense, or concealment that the accused was another person – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 30 years, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for this offense.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 3 Offense – Confinement from 30-120 months (2 years and 6 months to 10 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Sexual assault By Fraudulent Representation – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 30 years, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for this offense.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 3 Offense – Confinement from 30-120 months (2 years and 6 months to 10 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Sexual assault By False Pretense – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 30 years, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for this offense.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 3 Offense – Confinement from 30-120 months (2 years and 6 months to 10 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Sexual assault Without Consent – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 30 years, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for this offense.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 3 Offense – Confinement from 30-120 months (2 years and 6 months to 10 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Sexual assault Of a Person Who is Asleep, Unconscious, or Otherwise Unaware the Act is Occurring – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 30 years, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for this offense.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 3 Offense – Confinement from 30-120 months (2 years and 6 months to 10 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Sexual assault When the Other Person Is Incapable of Consenting – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 30 years, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for this offense.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 3 Offense – Confinement from 30-120 months (2 years and 6 months to 10 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Aggravated sexual contact by Force – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 20 years, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 3 Offense – Confinement from 30-120 months (2 years and 6 months to 10 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Aggravated sexual contact by Force Likely to Cause Death or Grievous Bodily Harm – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 20 years, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 3 Offense – Confinement from 30-120 months (2 years and 6 months to 10 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Aggravated sexual contact by Threatening or Placing That Other Person in Fear That Any Person Would Be Subjected to Death, Grievous Bodily Harm, or Kidnapping – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 20 years, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 3 Offense – Confinement from 30-120 months (2 years and 6 months to 10 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Aggravated sexual contact by First Rendering That Other Person Unconscious – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 20 years, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 3 Offense – Confinement from 30-120 months (2 years and 6 months to 10 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Aggravated sexual contact by Administering a Drug, Intoxicant, or Other Similar Substance – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 20 years, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 3 Offense – Confinement from 30-120 months (2 years and 6 months to 10 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Abusive sexual contact

Article 120 UCMJ: Abusive sexual contact by Threatening or Placing That Other Person in Fear – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 7 years, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 2 Offense – Confinement from 1-36 months (1 month to 3 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Abusive sexual contact by Fraudulent Representation – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 7 years, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 2 Offense – Confinement from 1-36 months (1 month to 3 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Abusive sexual contact by False Pretense – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 7 years, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 2 Offense – Confinement from 1-36 months (1 month to 3 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Abusive sexual contact by Without Consent – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 7 years, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 2 Offense – Confinement from 1-36 months (1 month to 3 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Abusive sexual contact by of a Person Who Is Asleep, Unconscious, or Otherwise Unaware the Act is Occurring – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 7 years, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 2 Offense – Confinement from 1-36 months (1 month to 3 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120 UCMJ: Abusive sexual contact by When that Person is Incapable of Consenting – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 7 years, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 2 Offense – Confinement from 1-36 months (1 month to 3 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120a UCMJ: Mails: deposit of obscene matter – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 3 years, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 2 Offense – Confinement from 1-36 months (1 month to 3 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120b UCMJ: Rape of a Child Who Has Not Attained the Age of 12 Years – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, life without eligibility for parole, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for rape of a child conviction under this statute.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 5 Offense – Confinement from 240-480 months (20 to 40 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120b UCMJ: Rape of a Child by Force of a Child Who Has Attained the Age of 12 Years – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, life without eligibility for parole, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for rape of a child conviction under this statute.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 5 Offense – Confinement from 240-480 months (20 to 40 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120b UCMJ: Rape of a Child by Threatening or Placing in Fear a Child Who Has Attained the Age of 12 Years – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, life without eligibility for parole, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for rape of a child conviction under this statute.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 5 Offense – Confinement from 240-480 months (20 to 40 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120b UCMJ: Rape of a Child by Rendering Unconscious a Child Who Has Attained the Ager of 12 Years – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, life without eligibility for parole, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for rape of a child conviction under this statute.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 5 Offense – Confinement from 240-480 months (20 to 40 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120b UCMJ: Rape of a Child by Administering a Drug, Intoxicant, or Other Similar Substance to a Child Who Has Attained the Age of 12 Years – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, life without eligibility for parole, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for rape of a child conviction under this statute.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 5 Offense – Confinement from 240-480 months (20 to 40 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120b UCMJ: Sexual assault of a child – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 30 years, E-1
  • A dishonorable discharge or a dismissal is a mandatory minimum sentence for sexual assault of a child convicted under this statute.
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 4 Offense – Confinement from 120-240 months (10 to 20 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120b UCMJ: Sexual Abuse of a Child Involving Sexual Contact – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 20 years, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 3 Offense – Confinement from 30-120 months (2 years and 6 months to 10 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120b UCMJ: Sexual Abuse of a Child Involving Indecent Exposure – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 15 years, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 3 Offense – Confinement from 30-120 months (2 years and 6 months to 10 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120b UCMJ: Sexual Abuse of a Child Involving Indecent Communication – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 15 years, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 3 Offense – Confinement from 30-120 months (2 years and 6 months to 10 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120b UCMJ: Sexual Abuse of a Child Involving Indecent Conduct – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 15 years, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 3 Offense – Confinement from 30-120 months (2 years and 6 months to 10 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120c UCMJ: Indecent viewing – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 1 year, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 1 Offense – Confinement from 0-12 months

Article 120c UCMJ: Indecent recording – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 5 years, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 2 Offense – Confinement from 1-36 months (1 month to 3 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120c UCMJ: Broadcasting or distributing of an indecent recording – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 7 years, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 2 Offense – Confinement from 1-36 months (1 month to 3 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120c UCMJ: Forcible pandering – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 20 years, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 3 Offense – Confinement from 30-120 months (2 years and 6 months to 10 years), a DD, TF, and E-1

Article 120c UCMJ: Indecent exposure – Maximum Punishments

  • Offenses committed from 1 Jan 2019 to 27 Dec 2023: DD, TF, 1 year, E-1
  • Offenses committed after 27 Dec 2023: Category 1 Offense – Confinement from 0-12 months
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