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Introduction to nonjudicial punishment. (see Military Offenses)

What Is Non-Judicial Punishment

Purpose. Nonjudicial punishment (NJP) provides commanders with a prompt means of maintaining good order and discipline and promotes positive behavior changes in service members without the stigma of a court-martial. MCM pt. V, para. 1c.

Proceedings under Art. 15 are not criminal prosecutions.

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United States v. Marshall, 45 M.J. 268 (C.A.A.F 1996)


  1. UCMJ art. 15.
  2. Manual for Courts-Martial, United States pt. V (2012) [hereinafter MCM].
  3. U.S. Dep’t of Army, Reg. 27-10, Legal Services: Military Justice chs. 3, 4, 21 (3 October 2011) [hereinafter AR 27-10].

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