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.


12 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 This is one of those old articles that is somewhat outdated.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

  • Bambam

    In the 1990’s on the FRIGATE, there were more then a few, Deck SN who would handle their differences in the forward locker. Everything was kept in house. Get a bunch of young angry men together doing hard stressful work that is not very fun and dueling will take place. Why don’t they teach the recruits in bootcamp to be nice little children who sing lullabies and never use weapons, if they don’t expect dueling in the ranks, especially only when the similar paygrades are involved. A higher paygrade picking on a lower paygrade is not dueling.

  • Robert

    If another service member (higher, equal or lower) says to me, “do you want to take off blouses and settle this,” are they not propositioning me to a duel?

  • George Washington

    Son, this war is hard enough without infighting!

  • Steve

    You might not get in trouble but your steed is going to be pretty uncomfortable…

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