What if I said you could be demoted, stripped of your wages, and sentenced to five years in prison simply for walking off the job? That could never happen to a software engineer or a cashier, but there are serious consequences for members of the U.S. Armed Forces who fail to abide by military law. Desertion, or leaving your post without the intention of returning, can even get you executed if done during a time of war.
Maybe that seems harsh, but consider the critical importance of maintaining a cohesive military. If troops are unable to follow the chain of command and respond efficiently to a crisis, the consequences can be devastating. Failing to show up for your shift at the widget factory is one thing, but your absence on the front lines potentially hurts all Americans.
FindLaw.com is proud to launch its new Military Law section, with useful resources and in-depth articles to help military service members and their families. This section covers military criminal law; family, employment, and housing issues; and the various administrative rules and benefits affecting past and present service members.