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By Andrew Tilghman, Staff writer
The Pentagon is launching a “systemic” review of the entire military justice system that will look at how commanders convene courts-martial and impose nonjudicial punishments.
The 18-month review of the Uniform Code of Military Justice “will help ensure the continued effectiveness of our armed forces and the fair administration of justice for our service members,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement.
The aim of the review is to “provide both a step-back look at ways to improve how the UCMJ operates and a close technical scrub to address any discontinuity after decades of individual amendments,” according to the announcement.