In the United States, the military is often regarded as a separate society, one that operates within a unique context and with unique demands. As a result, crime and punishment in the military differ in important ways from civilian courts. Two types of military courts exist: courts-martial and military tribunals. The first represents the criminal justice arm of the U.S. military forces. These courts are charged with maintaining and enforcing criminal law among service members. These bodies try military offenses and have broad jurisdiction ...

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