Friday, January 27, 2023
Reforming the Armed Forces Penal Code for an "Officer and a Gentleman"
Nino Monea, An Officer and a Gentlewoman: Why Congress Should Modernize Article 133 of the UCMJ, 61 Washburn L.J. (2022)
Article 133 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice—the penal code for the armed forces—makes it a crime for an officer to do anything that is “unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.” This Article argues that Congress should modernize the statute to acknowledge the contributions of servicewomen to the officers’ corps and the unequal treatment they had to endure in order to serve their country by making the offense gender neutral. Given that Congress is poised to overhaul the military justice system, there is no reason why this relic should not be addressed.