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Courts-Martial with Assistance of Counsel
Special court-martial consists of not less than three members and a military
judge, or the accused may be tried by military judge alone upon request of the
A special court-martial is often characterized as similar to a civilian misdemeanor
court, and may try all persons subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice,
including midshipmen and officers.
A special court-martial may impose any punishment authorized under R.C.M.
1003 except death, dishonorable discharge, dismissal, confinement for more than
1 year, hard labor without confinement for more than 3 months, forfeiture of pay
exceeding two-thirds pay per month, or any forfeiture of pay for more than 1
A general court-martial consists of not less than five members and a military
judge, or similar to a special court-martial an accused may be tried by military
judge alone upon request of the accused.
A general court-martial is often characterized as a felony court, and may try all
persons subject to the UCMJ, including officers and midshipmen. A general court-
martial may adjudge any punishment not prohibited by the UCMJ, including
death when specifically authorized.
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