UCMJ – United States Code of Military Justice


10. Punitive Articles

Any person subject to this chapter who–

(1) violates or fails to obey any lawful general order or regulation;

(2) having knowledge of any other lawful order issued by any member of the armed forces, which it is his duty to obey, fails to obey the order; or

(3) is derelict in the performance of his duties;

shall be punished as a court-martial may dire

9 Comments for this entry

  • Lester

    My Master Chief expects me to make coffee every drill weekend. I am an FTS staff with a command of about 8 people, and the most junior myself being the only E4, with 2 E5s, an E6, an E9 and CDR and our civilian employee onboard. I get yelled at in the main office with subordinates and seniors alike present for not making coffee in the morning. If I refuse to do this, does that count as a failure to obey an order? I really need help with this one … he chews me out constantly about this coffee ordeal, critiques my coffee making skills, and even jokes about me making coffee. It is very humiliating and I wish it just stopped. Please help, and thank you.

    • LCDR Moore

      Belittling a Sailor in public is poor leadership, and could cross the line depending content/context of the “yelling”.

      Your command (or ISIC) should have a Command Managed Equal Opportunity rep, normally called CMEO that will be available to aide in this case. The CMEO function is excellent resource to mediate and rebuild broken management issues.

      Bladent disregard of an order or direction could be construed as disobeying an order and insubordination. This is where the core values come into play, do what your told, unless the order compromises immediate safety, after which you seek counsel from your chain of command – or command assigned representatives (i.e. CMEO, Command Master Chief etc.)

      Keep in mind you are a part of a team, but you should not allow yourself, or anyone else on the team to become a doormat.

    • Rex

      Is making coffee really that big of a deal for you to do? Do you feel like its below you?

      If he’s making jokes about your ability to make coffee, ask what you can do to improve it.

      I would reccomend one of two things, talk to your Master Chief in priviate about how it makes you feel, or just grow some thick skin and get over it… its only coffee.

  • Joe

    Talk to your commanding officer about it.

  • Clark

    I see that this issue is almost 1 year old, but to aid any others that struggle with this kind of problem I will post anyway. Making coffee for your superior, to the best of my knowledge, is not a “lawful order” as it does not pertain or benefit the Army/Navy/Air Force/Marines. I would contact your local legal office or MEO for guidance on how to end this issue. Look into Artilce 93 for more information as to why this should not be happening.

  • Dean

    yes it is a “lawful order”…however, the way he acts can easily be handled by MEO or whatever they are calling it these days.

  • 1SG G

    As long as it is not illegal or immoral, it is a lawful order. Use your NOCO support chain / Chain of Command for advisement.

  • MT3

    You could always just make the coffee every morning. If that’s all you have to do to keep your command happy, you’ve get it very, very easy. Hell’ if i was in your position, I’d be overjoyed.

  • joe

    how about you just make the coffee. If you can’t follow an order as simple as that how can he expect you to handle any sort of responsibility

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