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DoD Proposes Changes to the UCMJ

The Department of Defense (DoD) has forwarded to Congress a legislative proposal to reform the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). The proposed legislation includes 37 statutory additions to the UCMJ, and substantive amendments to 68 current provisions of the UCMJ. Among the major reforms, the proposed legislation would (1) strengthen the structure of the military justice system; (2) enhance fairness and efficiency in pretrial and trial procedures; (3) modernize military sentencing; (4) streamline the post-trial process; (5) reform military appellate practice; and (6) update the punitive articles by proposing new offenses. For more information, see this Military.com article and visit the DoD website.

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