Chapter Two
-Military Conduct & Justice-

This Chapter covers military code of conduct, military police, shore patrol, and Navy Regulations.

• The US Navy uses the following three Sources to set forth the disciplinary laws:
1. US Navy Regulations
2. Standard organization and Regulations of the US Navy
3. Uniform Code of Military Justice(UCMJ)

• Chapter 11 of Navy Regulations deals with your rights and responsibilities.

• The Code of Conduct was established for POW’s by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1955 because of the Korean conflict..

• The Code of Conduct has 6 Articles

•The Code of Conduct provides American military personnel with a standard of conduct should they be captured by an enemy.

•If captured you need only to give your:
- name
- rank
- service number (SS#)
- date of birth

• If captured you will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape.

• POW in confinement must be checked at least once every four hours.

•OPNAVINST 3120.32 – provides guidance & regulations for duties and responsibilities for all personnel within a unit.

Shore patrol

• The Shore Patrol (SP) consists of E-4 and above. This can include officers as well. SP are assigned to assist military personnel ashore. They are identified by arm bands bearing the letters S.P. The arm bands are worn on the left upper arm, covering the rating badge.

• Some armed forces have the military police and they may be combined to form one unit called the Armed Forces Police Detachment (AFPD). These members are identified by brassards (armbands) with the letters AFPD. They also assist military personnel ashore.

• Master-At-Arms (MA):On ships the MA force is headed by the Chief Master-at-Arms(CMAA) who works directly for the Executive Officer (XO).


• The value of punishment is the object lesson. The punishment teaches what the offense does to others, and that the offense must not be repeated.

• The purpose of discipline in the military is to bring about an efficient military organization.

• The word discipline comes from a Latin word meaning “to teach”

• Apprehension is defined as taking a person into custody.

• The purpose of discipline in the military is to bring about an efficient military organization.

US Navy Regulations

• US Navy Regulations describes the rights and responsibilities of all Navy members.

• The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) is responsible for ensuring the US Navy Regulations conform to the current needs of the Navy.

• Changes are issued by the Secretary of the Navy, often being approved by the President of the United States.

• The UCMJ was signed into effect on 31 May 1951 by president Harry S. Truman.

• The following are only a few of the many regulations that are covered on pages 2-7 through 2-37:

• 1112-Lending Money & Engaging in a Trade or Business – Naval Personnel must not lend money to another member that exceeds 18% simple interest per year.

• UCMJ Effective date 31 May 1952
86.......Absence without leave
87.......Missing movement
92.......Failure to obey an order
134.....General Article

• Article 137 of the UCMJ – states that the code must be explained carefully to each enlisted person:
1. At the time of entrance, no later than 6 days
2. 6 months on active duty
4. and every reenlistment

•Article 138-Complaints of wrongs-Anyone who feels they have been wronged by their commanding officer will be provided redress by art. 138.

• Article 31 Protection against self-incrimination.

•Article 15 is nonjudical punishment by the commanding officer (Captain’s Mast)

• Review page 2-36 for punishment permitted at Captain’s mast.

• Appeals-You generally have 5 days to file an appeal after captain’s Mast.

• Review BMR Chapter 2.

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