NON-JUDICIAL PUNISHMENT in Korea
a minor violation may forever leave you wondering how far you could’ve
gone in you military career
Non-judicial punishment, also known as an Article 15, “Captain’s
Mast” or “Office Hours,” is a minor disciplinary action
with major repercussions to your military career. It’s very easy
for a service member to breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they’ve
been spared a court martial. But for anyone who values their career in
the armed forces and has high aspirations for their future in the military,
an Article 15 NJP could derail those hopes and leave them wondering “what
if…” for the rest of their lives.
Your Article 15 likely came from a minor infraction that by itself shouldn’t
be enough to destroy your military career. Bilecki & Tipon believes
that if you’ve had a disciplined and capable record up to now, then
you deserve a fighting chance at being found not guilty and having your
NJP dropped from your permanent record. As a U.S. service member, you
typically have the right to request a court martial to refute your Article
15. You also have the right to attain capable legal representation with
experience handling Article 15 cases.
Additionally, the decision of your NJP could be left up to your commanding
officer, (who may also be influenced by his commanding officer). In some
scenarios, this may be the better option. It all depends on the violations
and risks involved in your particular Article 15 case.
how important is it that an Article 15 NOt be on your permanent record?
Everyone from commanding officers and promotion boards to reenlistment
agents and military bureaucrats will have access to your permanent military
files. This means that an NJP could potentially influence reenlistment
bonuses, promotions in rank, duty assignments, and much, much more. It
could also serve as the basis for your administrative separation from
It’s impossible to know for sure just how much an article 15 will
cost you in the long run. One missed promotion could eventually cost you
tens of thousands of dollars over just a few years. A failure to increase
in rank could force you out of the military entirely. It’s even
possible to apply for reenlistment and not have it granted. It’s
for all of these reasons that an NJP should be taken seriously from the
start. The longer it remains in your permanent record, the greater the
harm it could be causing to your ambitions and future.
If you’re unsure about what to do with your Article 15, then it’s
time to contact Bilecki & Tipon
As a service member fighting an Article 15 in Korea, you probably have
more questions than answers. You’re likely wondering how to move
forward with a court martial trial—or whether to move forward with
one at all.
One call to Bilecki & Tipon LLLC could help you answer those questions
and begin the process of fighting your non-judicial punishment. If you’re
intent upon fighting your NJP and you need a legal team with a record
of securing positive outcomes for its clients, then contact Bilecki &
Tipon TODAY at (800) 996-9747.