UCMJ – United States Code of Military Justice


10. Punitive Articles

Any person subject to this chapter who uses provoking or reproachful words or gestures towards any other person subject to this chapter shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

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  • wesley lantz

    I am checking in to my next command and sombody from my last command according to a witness has been making offensive statements about me to people whom I have never met. I am very disturbed by some of the things according to a witness this person has been saying about me what should I do and is his behavior wrong in the eyes of the ucmj? If so what article would this sort of gosip fall under if any?

    Thank you,

    PO3 Lantz

    • Kat H

      PO3 Lantz,

      This response may come late. Unfortunately, gossip happens in any branch, command, and unit organization. This would be the closest Article, however, heresy is very hard to prove without actual documentation of witnesses. A majority of military members have failed to realize high school is over and that this indeed causes the breakdown of trust and morale. It may stem from boredom or an attempt to appear better than the subject of the conversation. This does happen and there are avenues to pursue if you feel that this may impede your career in anyway. In the AF we have have the IG, First Shirt and our Superintendent. I would start from the bottom of your chain of command. If they fail you, talk to the JAG, but please remember your decorum and start with your chain first.


      AN NCO

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