UCMJ – United States Code of Military Justice

917. ARTICLE 117. PROVOKING SPEECHES OR GESTURES

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.


5 Comments for this entry

  • 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.

      Sincerely,

      AN NCO

  • Brandon

    PO3 Lantz,

    This article mainly pertains to people antagonizing you in person. I used to detain people for it when they would flip me off or tell me to go F**K myself when I was an MP. Basically put its any speech or gesture that you (the individual) deems provoking in nature. Kind of like sexual harassment is viewed differently by others.

    -Brandon

  • Jeffery

    With all the craziness going around, I’ve heard and read on social media about MAs of certain race (yes military POLICE) speaking negatively about law enforcement. Is this allowed. And yes it is documented.

  • KOURTNEY

    I am inquiring for another one of my follow soldiers, that if I am provoked for several months and its been documented because of incidents that have occurred between the two same rating people…e5.. is the soldier being provoked at fought if they protect them selves if they are being backed into a corner and physical actions occur. such as pushing, or hitting in some matter.

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