UCMJ – United States Code of Military Justice

914. ARTICLE 114. DUELING

10. Punitive Articles

Any person subject to this chapter who fights or promotes, or is concerned in or connives at fighting a duel, or who, having knowledge of a challenge sent or about to be sent, fails to report the fact promptly to the proper authority, shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.


7 Comments for this entry

  • Tony

    What happens if you were in a fight but did not swing first?

    • Joe

      Both people are guilty. The old man took me to Mast at 2200 the same day. Busted us both down and gave us 45 days restriction and 45 extra duty. I tell people. Walk away it is not worth it.

    • Jefferson

      Unless you pace off at 10 yards with sword or pistol of the challenged’s choice i think you’re fine. This is one of those old articles that is somewhat outdated. a fist fight would be found in a different article.

    • Kenneth Barr

      Tony, Article 114 specifically refers to the ancient practice of dueling, by weapons of choice (pistols, sabers, etc.) which involve a formal challenge and acceptance. Fist fighting and other types of violent conduct are not covered by this article. Thank you for your question.

  • Wojtan

    Can still be brought up on charges of assault. However depending on the command they may let it go as self defense. Depends on if you provoked the situation.

  • Tim

    This section specifically refers to duels. A fight is covered under Article 128.

  • tyrion

    Will I get in trouble if I choose a champion to fight in my steed

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