Article 15/ MAST/ NJP
When you commit minor misconduct, you can expect your command to want to punish you to the fullest extent possible. Accepting one of these administrative hearings may likely lead to one of the other administrative hearings we discussed earlier.
Additionally, the accompanying paperwork is prepared by a service member in your command without formal training in the area. In these circumstances there is a good possibility that what you may have done is not a crime or cannot be proven. If this true, accepting one of these hearings is wrong.
Having someone that can look at the evidence and see how it is likely to resolve itself is paramount. Otherwise, you may be placing yourself in a situation that you could have refused.
- John Schum, Honolulu Criminal Defense Attorney and Military Lawyer