I'm not a barracks JAG officer but I kind of got the idea what the UCMJ was while standing on the yellow footprints at MCRDSD.
I also learned what it meant that Marines take care of their own and also police themselves.
Lets see, you have NJP's. administrative discharge boards, Captains Mast, Summary Court Martial, General Court Martial.
Then you have all of the unofficial trials and punishment that aren't found in any field manuals or in the UCMJ. This is usually found in combat arms. We police ourselves.
How did it work on ship Redress ? There must have been some sailors reporting to sick bay and saying they walked into a hatchway. Better than facing a Summary or General Court Martial.
You know that movie with Jack Nicholson, "A Few Good Men" ? Based upon a true event with in the Corps. It happened all of the time. Still does but Obama and the progressive caucus in Congress are trying to stop it.
Rep. Judy Chu (D/progressive) is so stupid, she would have rather had her nephew to be tried in a General Court Martial for falling asleep on perimeter watch in combat and facing death by musketry if convicted. Instead the Marines of Chu's nephew unit decided to police themselves instead of having him face a firing squad.
BTW: Bergdahl bugging out in combat also carries the same maximum penalty, death by musketry.
in laymans terms...when you walk into an Office Hours proceeding.. you're already guilty... you're just there to find out what your punishment is.
( you can decline NJP, if you so choose, but it's usually a bad idea.. unless you are innocent of the charges and have very very good evidence to prove it.... bu then again, if you had evidence, you wouldn't be standing tall in the first place )
Up to four weeks ago not one member of Bergdahls platoon has ever been interviewed by Army investigators, not one.
GARY JOHNSON 2016
There are times when an example has to be made and POTUS shouldn't be involved.
Gen. Eisenhower had to make the same decision with Private Slovik. It sent out a message that resulted in that the U.S. military didn't have to deal with soldiers deserting in combat for over sixtyfive years.
I'm an officer and you are a deck monkey. You **** up and don't salute me. You end up standing before the man with an Article 15.
You don't get no lawyer and my word over rules you because you're just a piece of amphibious ****.
The Captain passes judgement and turns you over the a U.S. Marine who throws you in the brig for two weeks.
an officer failing to return a salute is also an offense punishable by NJP ( yes, officers get article 15's as well)
if we were to compare civilian law with UCMJ..... NJP would not be considered a trial.. it would be the sentencing hearing.
if you want a trial, and a lawyer.. just deny the NJP and request a court martial.... it's as easy as that.