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What is an Article 15?


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Question: What is an Article 15?
Answer: An Article 15 is "nonjudicial punishment." It's often called "Mast" in the Navy and Marine Corps.

It's kind of a "mini-trial" conducted by the commander if someone commits a punitive offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), and the commander feels the offense is too minor to warrant a full-blown court-martial.

It's best to think of it as a misdemeanor court, vs. a felony court (which would be more indicative of a court-martial).

For an overview of the Article 15 (nonjudicial punishment) system, see the article, Article 15s.

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