NonJudicial Punishment (NJP) Article 15
What is NonJudicial Punishment (NJP) Article 15?
How To Fight and Win Against NJP?
- Restriction: 14 days
- Extra Duty: 14 days
- Forfeiture of Pay: 7 days basic pay
- Reduction in Rank: E-4 or below may be reduced one grade. No reduction for E-5 and above.
- Restriction: 60 days, or if combined with extra duty, 45 days
- Extra duty: 45 days
- Forfeiture of pay: half month’s basic pay for up to 2 months
- Reduction in Grade: E-4 or below may be reduced to E-1; E-5 and E-6 may be reduced one pay grade if the officer imposing the punishment has the authority to promote to E-5 and E-6. Reduction for E-7 and above varies depending upon service.
Plead Not Guilty to the NJP and Fight: Now, let’s cover the most common approach we recommend. That is to accept the NJP, plead not guilty, and fight. Remember, you are not speaking to a judge or jury, but your very own commander. For better or worse, commanders love to be masters of their own domain. Having a military lawyer as aggressive as Tim Bilecki arguing your case before them doesn’t always win their hearts and minds. That’s why we prepare you to speak up for yourself to the commander using some of the same tactics we would use in court if we were there.