Adultery in the Military
Adultery in the Military is a Criminal Offense
The U.S. Armed Forces hold their servicemembers to a higher ethical level than people in civilian life.Adultery in the military is a criminal offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Adulteryis defined as sexual relations between a married person and someone other than his or her spouse. Adultery also occurs if you are the not married party but have sexual relations with a person who is married, or even legally-separated from his or her spouse. Being “legally-separated,” is never an excuse under the UCMJ.
The reason the military is strict about adultery, is because such conduct is considered prejudicial to good order, to discipline, and could bring embarrassment and discredit to the Armed Forces.
Possible Penalties and Punishment for Adultery
Aggravating issues and increased penalties – If the person you have sex with is in your unit, or deployed, then adultery charges become more serious as “same unit and deployed” are viewed as an aggravating circumstance. Adultery is punishable under Article 134, with a maximum punishment of dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for up to 1 year.
If you are charged with adultery, you may be subject to punishments including, but not limited to:
- Administrative Action,
- Court-Martial, with possible jail time if found guilty or,
- Letter of Reprimand, which could terminate your military career.
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