Non-Judicial Military Punishment in Mainland Japan and Okinawa
You Value Your Flawless Military Career. But It’s Now in Jeopardy
From an Article 15 / NJP
You may know it as an Article 15, Captain’s Mast, Office Hours, or
simply as an NJP. But no matter what you call it, the results are almost
always the same. You’re passed up for promotions. Your military
career stagnates year after year at the same rank. And if cuts are made
to the defense budget, you’ll be looked at as a prime target for
trimming down military “fat.”
Will an NJP guarantee that one or all of these events will occur? No, it
won’t. But its presence in your permanent file will be a consistent
reminder to review boards, promotion boards, and commanding officers that
you’ve demonstrated poor behavior or judgment in the past, which
could easily lead to consistent promotional problems down the road.
Any service member at all serious about their future in the military cannot
let an NJP pass freely into your permanent file. Luckily, an NJP can be
stopped before it ever has a chance to harm your reputation. Military
personnel of every branch have the right to fight their NJP in a court
martial setting. When combined with your right to consult a defense lawyer
to actively assist you with your NJP, you could eliminate that NJP completely
and keeping your reputation in the military in immaculate shape.
Your Future Should be in
Your Hands, Not Those of Your Commanding Officer
Whether or not the military will pursue your NJP will rest in the hands
of your commanding officer. But even if you feel your commanding officer
has your back and is responsive to your concerns, you should never simply
“hope” that he or she will do the right thing. Again, this
isn’t your CO’s future we’re talking about. It’s
YOURS. So if you’re not up to the task of vigorously fighting for
the complete and utter removal of this stain from your military record,
then no one else will be.
Bilecki & Tipon believes that you should always have the final say
when it comes to your future. And our goal with any non-Judicial Punishment
is to help you do so. Our team of litigators understands the nuances of
an NJP; but more importantly, we understand what needs to be done to stop
them from moving forward, regardless of the violation or breach of conduct
that led up to it.
You Need Allies With a Winning Strategy to Beat Your NJP
Bilecki & Tipon has taken dozens of NJP cases to court martial. Our
experience, combined with our hard-hitting legal representation and compelling
arguments in court, could be the extra push that the jury needs to swing
in your favor. We’re veterans that deeply respect our client’s
desires to maintain a flawless military record and career. We believe
that service members with a desire to fight their NJP deserve to see it
removed from their record.
To learn more about how Bilecki & Tipon can help you fight your NJP,
call our law offices at (800) 996-9747. Our lines are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, so
set up your initial consultation TODAY.