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Mattis wants commanders to rely more on UCMJ for disciplinary problems | Military Times
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Mattis wants commanders to rely more on UCMJ for disciplinary problems | Military Times

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has issued new guidance to commanders across the military: Stop relying on administrative actions for discplinary problems and start using the military justice system more often.

In the new memo dated Aug. 13, Mattis calls the military justice system a “powerful tool” for good order and discipline, and he says flatly it is a “commander’s duty to use it.”

“Military leaders must not interfere with individual cases, but fairness to the accused does not prevent military officers from appropriately condemning and eradicating malignant behavior from our ranks,” Mattis wrote, according to a copy of the memo that was obtained by Military Times.

Source: Mattis wants commanders to rely more on UCMJ for disciplinary problems | Military Times