UCMJ Article 104a:
Fraudulent Enlistment, Appointment, or Separation

What is Article 104a?

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 104a 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.

Hope is not a defense. Ignorance will not protect you from the government’s aggressive prosecutors. Defending yourself is the only way to avoid your charges altogether.

Bilecki & Tipon is the premier military defense team for charges related to Article 104a of the UCMJ. Take control of your case before the prosecution does. Contact Bilecki & Tipon today.

Defining the Elements of Article 104a: Fraudulent Enlistment, Appointment or Separation

Article 104a is comprised of two elements, one or both of which must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt by prosecutors to convict you of the crime:

(Regarding enlistment or appointment) The accused must have (a) successfully enlisted into or been appointed to a position within the U.S. military by (b) misrepresenting or concealing important facts about his or her qualifications.

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Fighting Back Against an Article 104a: Fraudulent Enlistment, Appointment or Separation

 selection of insignia for all the branches of the US MilitaryAs any service member can attest, it is incredibly difficult to determine where one stands in the sea of red tape that is today’s modern military bureaucracy.

Enlisting in, securing an appointment to, or separating from the military is a grueling task that requires immense effort and time.

Is it at all surprising therefore that mistakes happen and service members become confused over their current standing with the U.S. military?

The military defense attorneys at Bilecki & Tipon are experienced in fighting back against court-martial charges. Below are just a few of the possibilities that we may consider in your case:

  • Did you make attempts to enlist or separate or be appointed to your position the correct way? We’ll look to see just where the alleged fraudulent activity occurred and could make the case that you weren’t even aware you were breaking the law.
  • Is the military at fault for delaying the service member’s request? Did the military require repeat paperwork and signatures or request redundant interviews?
  • Did the military cause an excessive amount of confusion? Did individuals within the military bureaucracy conflict with one another regarding your status or position?

We know what it takes to defend you against Article 104a charges. Contact Bilecki & Tipon today and start fighting back against allegations of fraudulent enlistment, appointment or separation.

Military Defense Attorneys Experienced in Article 104a Charges

You’ve been unfairly subjected to charges under Article 104a. You believe in your innocence, and so does Bilecki & Tipon. Few law firms can match—let alone exceed—our reputation for winning cases under the UCMJ.

Bilecki & Tipon will help you fight back against charges under Article 104a: Fraudulent Enlistment, Appointment or Separation

Frequently Asked Questions About Article 104a

I Didn’t Fully Separate from My Original Enlistment or Appointment before Accepting Another Position. Am I Guilty under Article 104a?

According to the Manual for Court Martial, you can only be found guilty if you received pay or allowances under the fraudulent enlistment or appointment. In this case, the fraudulent appointment would be the new appointment, since you haven’t yet been released from your original status. And only if you’ve received payment from both would you be considered to face charges under Article 104a.

Note that pay or allowances means accepting any form of government assistance related to the new appointment or position. That could be food, shelter, transportation and any other form of recompense

I Lied Multiple Times to Be Separated from the Military. Does That Mean I’m Guilty of Multiple Charges under Article 104a?

No. Article 104a describes the procurement of one’s own enlistment, appointment, or separation into our out of a position as a single offense, regardless of how many times the service member mislead or concealed the truth.

What Is the Maximum Possible Punishment for Article 104a: Fraudulent Enlistment, Appointment, or Separation?

The Manual for Court Martial defines the maximum punishment for an offense under Article 104a as:

  • Fraudulent enlistment or appointment: Reduction to E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement for two years, and a Dishonorable discharge
  • Fraudulent separation: Reduction to E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement for five years, and a Dishonorable discharge

An experienced defense attorney can help fight these charges or eliminate them entirely. If you’re concerned that you may be found guilty in your case, contact Bilecki & Tipon today.

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