UCMJ Article 83:
Fraudulent Enlistment, Appointment, or Separation

Note: Article 83 of the UCMJ has been updated as of 2019. UCMJ Article 83: Fraudulent Enlistment, Appointment, or Separation has moved to Article 104a: Fraudulent Enlistment, Appointment, or Separation.  Article 83 is now Article 83: Malingering.

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Should you as a service member of the U.S. Armed Forces be accused of deceiving the government by deliberately concealing or misrepresenting information related to your military enlistment, appointment or separation, you may be charged with a crime under Article 83 of the UCMJ.

The government’s response to any form of fraudulent activity relating to the enlistment into, the appointment of, or separation from the Armed Forces may be harsh and immediate:

  • Any pay you may have received from enlistment or appointment to a new position will require its immediate return. Your family may be forced to pay off your debts.
  • You may be punitively discharged from the military. For the rest of your life, you will be forced to hide your previous service from employers and acquaintances.
  • You could face anywhere a maximum sentence of two to five years in prison should you be convicted.
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