Summary Courts-Martial are used to handle minor offenses committed by enlisted personnel only. They are handled by a commissioned officer who does not have to be a lawyer. Special Courts-Martial are for all service personnel and are used for what would be considered misdemeanors in the civilian world. They can be overseen by a military judge alone, a panel of not less than three people referred to as “members,” or both. General Courts-Martial are also for all service personnel and are generally convened for what would be considered felonies in the civilian world. They can be overseen by a military judge alone, a panel of not less than five members, or both.
A general court-martial allows the most severe punishments permitted by the UCMJ. At a general court-martial, a service member can receive a sentence of death, confinement up to the maximum allowed by the offense, total forfeitures of pay, and all other punishments permitted under the UCMJ. For enlisted service members, you can be reduced to the pay grade E-1 and dishonorably discharged from the service. For officers, cadets, and midshipmen, you can be dismissed from the service, which is the officer equivalent of a dishonorable discharge. A general court-martial is typically reserved for the most serious offenses under the UCMJ.
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