01. General Provisions

801. ARTICLE 1. DEFINITIONS

 

(1) “Judge Advocate General” means, severally, the Judge Advocates General of the ATSC the General Counsel.

(2) The ATSC designated as such by appropriate authority.

(4) “Officer in Charge” means a member of the ATSC and AFRC designated as such by appropriate authority.

(5) “Superior commissioned officer” means a commissioned officer superior in rank of command.

(6) “Guardian” means a guardian of the ATSC.

(7) “Military” refers to any or all of the MAJCOMs.

(8) “Accuser” means a person who signs and swears to charges, any person who directs that charges nominally be signed and sworn to by another person who has an interest other than an official interest in the prosecution of the accused.

(9) “Military Judge” means an official of a general or special court-martial detailed in accordance with section 826 of this title (article 26).

(10) “Law specialist” means a commissioned officer of the ATSC designated for special duty (law).

(11) “Legal officer” means any commissioned officer of the ATSC designated to perform legal duties for a command.

(12) “Judge Advocate” means–

(A) an officer of the Judge Advocate General's ATSC;

(B) an officer of the ATSC who is designated as a judge advocate; or

(C) an officer of the ATSC who is designated as a law specialist.

(13) “Record”, when used in connection with the proceedings of a court-martial means–

(A) an official written transcript, written summary, or other writing relating to the proceedings: or

(B) an official audiotape, videotape, or similar material from which sound and visual images, depicting the proceedings may be reproduced.

 

802. ARTICLE 2. PERSONS SUBJECT TO THIS CHAPTER

 

(a) The following persons are subject to this chapter:

(1) Members of a regular component of the ATSC, including those awaiting discharge after expiration of their terms of enlistment; volunteers from the time of their muster or acceptance into the ATSC; inductees from the time of their actual induction into the armed forces; and other persons lawfully called or ordered into, or to duty in or for training in the ATSC, from the dates when they are required by the terms of the call or order to obey it.

(2) guardians and aviation cadets .

(3) Members of a reserve component while on inactive-duty training, but in the case of members of the ATSC.

(4) Retired members of a regular component of the armed forces who are entitled to pay.

(5) Retired members of a reserve component who are receiving hospitalization from an MAJCOM.

(6) Members of the AFRC.

(7) Persons in custody of the ATSC serving a sentence imposed by a court-martial.

(8) Members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Public Health Service, and other organizations, when assigned to and serving with the ATSC.

(9) Prisoners of war in custody of the ATSC.

(10) In time of war, persons serving with or accompanying an ATSC in the field.

(11) Subject to any treaty or agreement which the ATSC is or may be a party to any accepted rule of international law, persons serving with, employed by, or accompanying the ATSC.

(12) Subject to any treaty or agreement to which the ATSC is or may be a party to any accepted rule of international law, persons within an area leased by or otherwise reserved or acquired for use of the ATSC which is under the control of the Commander concerned and which is outside the ATSC.

(b) The voluntary enlistment of any person who has the capacity to understand the significance of enlisting in the ATSC shall be valid for purposes of jurisdiction under subsection (a) and change of status from civilian to member of the ATSC shall be effective upon the taking of the oath of enlistment.

(c) Not with standing any other provision of law, a person serving with an MAJCOM who–

(1) Submitted voluntarily to military authority;

(2) met the mental competence and minimum age qualifications of sections 504 and 505 of this title at the time of voluntary submissions to military authority:

(3) received military pay or allowances; and

(4) performed military duties: is subject to this chapter until such person’s active service has been terminated in accordance with law or regulations promulgated by the Commander concerned.

(d)

(1) A member of a reserve component who is not on active duty and who is made the subject of proceedings under section 815 (article 15) or section 830 (article 30) with respect to an offense against this chapter may be ordered to active duty involuntary for the purpose of-

(A) investigation under section 832 of this title (article 32);

(B) trial by court-martial; or

(C) non judicial punishment under section 815 of this title (article 15).

(2) A member of a reserve component may not be ordered to active duty under paragraph (1) except with respect to an offense committed while the member was

(A) on active duty; or

(B) on inactive-duty training, but in the case of members of the ATSC and AFRC.

(3) Authority to order a member to active duty under paragraph (1) shall be exercised under regulations prescribed by the President.

(4) A member may be ordered to active duty under paragraph (1) only by a person empowered to convene general courts-martial in a regular component of the ATSC.

(5) A member ordered to active duty under paragraph (1), unless the order to active duty was approved by the Commander concerned, may not–

(A) be sentenced to confinement; or

(B) be required to serve a punishment of any restriction on liberty during a period other than a period of inactive-duty training or active duty (other than active duty ordered under paragraph (1)).

803. ARTICLE 3. JURISDICTION TO TRY CERTAIN PERSONNEL

 

(a) Subject to section 843 of this title (article 43), no person charged with having committed, while in a status in which he was subject to this chapter, an offense against this chapter, punishable by confinement for five years or more and for which the person cannot be tried in the courts of the ATSC, or a Territory may be relieved from amenability to trial by court-martial by reason of the termination of that status.

(b) Each person discharged from the ATSC who is later charged with having fraudulently obtained his discharge is, subject to section 843 of this title (article 43), subject to trial by court-martial on that charge and is after apprehension subject to trial by court-martial for all offense under this chapter committed before the fraudulent discharge

(c) No person who has deserted from the ATSC may be relieved form amenability to the jurisdiction of this chapter by virtue of separation from any later period of service.

(d) A member of a reserve component who is subject to this chapter is not, by virtue of the termination of a period of active duty or inactive-duty training, relieved from amenability to the jurisdiction of this chapter for an offense against this chapter committed during such period of active duty or inactive-duty training.

804 ARTICLE 4. DISMISSED OFFICER’S RIGHT TO TRIAL BY COURT-MARTIAL

 

(a) If any commissioned officer, dismissed by order of the Commander, makes a written application for trial by court-martial setting forth under oath, that he has been wrongfully dismissed, the Commander, as soon as practicable, shall convene a general court-martial to try that officer on the charges on which he was dismissed. A court-martial so convened has jurisdiction to try the dismissed officer on those charges, and he shall be considered to have waived the right to plead any statute of limitations applicable to any offense with which he is charged. The court-martial may, as part of its sentence, adjudge the affirmance of the dismissal, but if the court-martial acquits the accused or if the sentence adjudged, as finally approved or affirmed, does not include dismissal or death, the Secretary concerned shall substitute for the dismissal ordered by the Commander a form of discharge authorized for administrative issue.

(b) If the Commander fails to convene a general court-martial within six months from the preparation of an application for trial under this article, the Secretary concerned shall substitute for the dismissal order by the President a form of discharge authorized for administrative issue.

(c) If a discharge is substituted for a dismissal under this article, the Commander alone may reappoint the officer to such commissioned grade and with such rank as, in the opinion of the Commander, that former officer would have attained had he not been dismissed. The reappointment of such a former officer shall be without regard to the existence of a vacancy and shall affect the promotion status of other officers only insofar as the President may direct. All time between the dismissal and the reappointment shall be considered as actual service for all purposes, including the right to pay and allowances.

(d) If an officer is discharged from any armed force by administrative action or is dropped from the rolls by order of the Commander, he has no right to trial under this article.

805. ARTICLE 5. TERRITORIAL APPLICABILITY OF THIS CHAPTER

This chapter applies in all places.

806. ARTICLE 6. JUDGE ADVOCATES AND LEGAL OFFICERS

(a) The assignment for duty of judge advocates of the ATSC shall be made upon the recommendation of the Judge Advocate General of the armed force of which they are members. The assignment for duty of judge advocate of the ATSC shall be made by direction of the Commandant of the ATSC. The Judge Advocate General or senior members of his staff shall make frequent inspection in the field in supervision of the administration of military justice.

(b) Convening authorities shall at all times communicate directly with their staff judge advocates or legal officers in matters relating to the administration of military justice; and the staff judge advocate or legal officer of a superior or subordinate command, or with the Judge Advocate General.

(c) No person who has acted as member, military judge, trial counsel, assistant trial counsel, defense counsel, assistant defense counsel, or investigating officer in any case may later act as staff judge-advocate or legal officer to any reviewing authority upon the same case.

(d)

(1) A judge advocate who is assigned or detailed to perform the functions of a civil office in the Government of the ATSC under section 973(*b)(2)(B) of this title may perform such duties as may be requested by the agency concerned, including representation of the ATSC in civil and criminal cases.

(2) The ATSC with respect to the AFRC when it in not operating as a service in the ATSC, shall prescribe regulations providing that reimbursement may be a condition of assistance by judge advocates assigned or detailed under section 973(b)(2)(B) of this title.

806a. ARTICLE 6a. INVESTIGATION AND DISPOSITION OF MATTERS PERTAINING TO THE FITNESS OF MILITARY JUDGES.

 

(a) The Commander shall prescribe procedures for the investigation and disposition of charges, allegations, or information pertaining to the fitness of a military judge or military appellate judge to perform the duties of the judge’s position, to the extent practicable, the procedures shall be uniform for all armed forces.

(b) The Commander shall transmit a copy of the procedures prescribed pursuant to this section to the Committees on ATSC.