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Punitive Articles of the UCMJ

Article 134—Disorderly conduct, drunkenness

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Text.

See Paragraph 60.

Elements.

(1) That the accused was drunk, disorderly, or drunk and disorderly on board ship or in some other place; and

(2) That, under the circumstances, the conduct of the accused was to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces or was of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.

Explanation.

(1) Drunkenness. See paragraph 35c(6), for a discussion of intoxication.

(2) Disorderly. Disorderly conduct is conduct of such a nature as to affect the peace and quiet of persons who may witness it and who may be disturbed or provoked to resentment thereby. It includes conduct that endangers public morals or outrages public decency and any disturbance of a contentious or turbulent character.

(3) Service discrediting. Unlike most offenses under Article 134, “conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces” must be included in the specification and proved in order to authorized the higher maximum punishment when the offense is service discrediting.

Lesser included offense.

Article 80—attempts

Maximum punishment.

(1) Disorderly conduct.

    (a) Under such circumstances as to bring discredit upon the military service. Confinement for 4 months and forfeiture of two-thirds pay per month for 4 months.

    (b) Other cases. Confinement for 1 month and forfeiture of two-thirds pay per month for 1 month.

(2) Drunkenness.

    (a) Aboard ship or under such circumstances as to bring discredit upon the military service. Confinement for 3 months and forfeiture of two-thirds pay per month for 3 months.

    (b) Other cases. Confinement for 1 month and forfeiture of two-thirds pay per month for 1 month.

(3) Drunk and disorderly.

    (a) Aboard ship. Bad-conduct discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 6 months.

    (b) Under such circumstances as to bring discredit upon the military service. Confinement for 6 months and forfeiture of two-thirds pay per month for 6 months.

    (c) Other cases. Confinement for 3 months and forfeiture of two-thirds pay per month for 3 months.

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Above Information from Manual for Court Martial, 2002, Chapter 4, Paragraph 73

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