The Orders Project
“Military personnel are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, a federal statute that criminalizes the disobedience of orders, among other offenses. If the Nation faces civil unrest requiring the deployment of military personnel or federalized National Guard personnel, questions may arise as to the legality of orders they receive. Given the authorized maximum punishments for disobeying orders, this is a serious matter. Military personnel should be fully informed of their rights and responsibilities before taking any action that might expose them to criminal prosecution or adverse personnel actions.
Military personnel have a right to consult counsel…”