Definition of Article 15 in English:

Article 15


  • 1A section of the Uniform Code of Military Justice allowing commanders to carry out discretionary punishments without judicial proceedings.

    ‘Captain's mast, the Navy's name for the Uniform Code of Military Justice's Article 15 non-judicial punishment, was a commanding officer's duty that he did not relish.’
    • ‘The Article 15 punishment was severe: a reduction in pay, 14 days' extra duty and restriction to base, 18 hours of alcohol rehabilitation, a promotion deferment and a year without a driver's license.’
    • ‘Under an Article 15 hearing, soldiers forgo legal representation and a trial, instead agreeing to let their commander make the call through a less formal administrative hearing.’
    • ‘However, few Article 15 hearings result in soldiers separating from the Army.’
    • ‘The soldiers were punished under Article 15 of the Code of Military Justice, a measure reserved for minor disciplinary infractions, with penalties such as the docking of pay, extra duty or a reduction in rank.’
    • ‘RRCs should identify standing boards and clear protocols for summary courts-martial to back up Article 15 proceedings as appropriate.’
    • ‘As you mentioned some of the details, the commanding general has decided to go ahead with that Article 15 administrative punishment.’
    • ‘This administration is actually punishing troops in Iraq with Article 15 punishments if they speak out and say something negative in public.’
    • ‘He returned to Ramstein Air Base in April to a new position and several Article 15 punishments that included a demotion from senior airman to airman first class.’
    • ‘Reserve commanders now have a better chance of using Article 15 procedures without fear that the accused will call their bluff by demanding court-martial.’
    • ‘This links these comments on Article 15 with the brief sentence at the end of the Explanations.’
    1. 1.1A judgment or punishment issued under Article 15.
      ‘if I agree to accept the Article 15, am I admitting guilt?’
      • ‘I have seen punishment range from receiving an Article 15 under the Uniform Code of Military Justice to letters of reprimand being placed in official files and restriction to post.’
      • ‘He was told by his commander to just take the Article 15, dishonorable discharge and six months' confinement.’
      • ‘How about telling me exactly what happened and what you did to cause your brigade commander to consider an Article 15?’
      • ‘An Article 15 (non-judicial punishment) should result in a loss of pay or some other rather minor slap on the wrist.’
      • ‘But I think he'll probably end up with an Article 15 and a slap on the hand.’
      • ‘Don't know if these guys were ever Scouts or not, but the Army has decided to offer ‘Article 15s’ (Non-Judicial Punishment) to the troops who refused to convoy in Iraq recently.’
      • ‘We're told that some soldiers who have spoken out about morale problems have received Article 15s [nonjudicial punishment] for airing their grievances publicly.’
      • ‘In certain cases, acts or omissions can result in nonjudicial punishment under Article 15 of the UCMJ - commonly referred to in the Air Force as ‘Article 15s ‘- or other administrative actions.’’
      • ‘These airmen will now lose their base driving privileges, face possible Article 15s, and possible discharge from the Air Force.’
      • ‘She said examples are Article 15s or bars to re-enlistment.’
      • ‘I turned to the brigade commander and asked, ‘Do you truly believe the Army is going to be better off by giving an Article 15 to a lieutenant who screwed up because in his mind he was only trying to take care of his men?’’
      • ‘Failure to do so can result in disciplinary action: letter of counseling, letter of reprimand, Article 15, and/or loss of driving privileges.’
      • ‘I'll be given Article 15, which is a form of non-judicial punishment, such as extra duties, or they'll take away rank or pay.’
      • ‘After a bloody altercation midway through the film, Winchell agrees to say he threw the first punch so that Fisher won't be discharged on an Article 15.’