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Title 20 : Internal Security and Public Safety

Chapter 039 : COURTS-MARTIAL

Subchapter 002 : NONJUDICIAL DISCIPLINE

(Cite as: 20 V.S.A. § 961)
  • § 961. Commanding officer nonjudicial discipline

    (a)(1) A commanding officer may impose nonjudicial discipline upon a service member for minor military offenses without the intervention of a court-martial in accordance with the provisions of this subchapter.

    (2) The commanding officer who intends to impose nonjudicial discipline upon a service member shall notify him or her of the following:

    (A) the nature of the alleged offense;

    (B) the commanding officer's intent to dispose of the matter by nonjudicial discipline; and

    (C) any other nonjudicial discipline procedural rights established by regulation.

    (3) As used in this section, "commanding officer" shall include an officer-in-charge.

    (b) A commanding officer may impose upon enlisted members of the officer's command:

    (1) an admonition;

    (2) a reprimand;

    (3) for members who are serving on full-time military orders in excess of 179 days, the forfeiture of up to seven days of pay and, for all others, up to four days of pay;

    (4) a fine of not more than seven days' pay;

    (5) a reduction to the next inferior pay grade, if the grade from which the member is demoted is within the promotion authority of the officer imposing the reduction or any officer subordinate to the one who imposes the reduction;

    (6) extra duties for not more than 14 days, which need not be consecutive; and

    (7) restriction to certain specified limits, with or without suspension from duty, for not more than 14 days, which need not be consecutive.

    (c) A commanding officer of the grade of major or above may impose upon enlisted members of the officer's command:

    (1) any discipline authorized in subdivisions (b)(1), (2), and (3) of this section;

    (2) for members who are serving on full-time military orders in excess of 179 days, the forfeiture of not more than one-half of one month's pay per month for up to two months, and, for all others, up to 14 days of pay;

    (3) a fine of not more than one month's pay;

    (4) a reduction to the lowest or any intermediate pay grade, if the grade from which the member is demoted is within the promotion authority of the officer imposing the reduction or any officer subordinate to the one who imposes the reduction, but an enlisted member in a pay grade above E-4 may not be reduced more than two pay grades;

    (5) for members who are serving on full-time military orders in excess of 179 days, the imposition of extra duties for up to 45 days which need not be consecutive, and, for all others, the imposition of extra duties for up to 14 days which need not be consecutive; and

    (6) restriction to certain specified limits, with or without suspension from duty, for not more than 60 days, which need not be consecutive.

    (d)(1) The Adjutant and Inspector General or an officer of a general or flag rank in command may impose:

    (A) upon an officer or warrant officer of the officer's command, any discipline authorized in subdivisions (c)(1), (2), (3), and (6) of this section;

    (B) upon an enlisted member of the officer's command, any discipline authorized in subsection (c) of this section.

    (2) The Adjutant and Inspector General or an officer of a general or flag rank in command may delegate his or her powers under this subsection to a principal assistant who is a member of the Vermont National Guard.

    (e) Whenever any disciplines imposed under this section are to be served consecutively, the total length of the combined discipline shall not exceed the authorized duration of the longest discipline in the combination, and there shall be an apportionment of disciplines so that no single discipline in the combination exceeds its authorized length.

    (f)(1) The officer who imposes the discipline or his or her successor in command may at any time suspend, set aside, mitigate, or remit any part or amount of the discipline and restore all rights, privileges, and property affected. The officer also may mitigate a reduction in grade to a forfeiture of pay or mitigate extra duties to a restriction to certain specified limits.

    (2) The mitigated discipline shall not be for a greater period than the original discipline mitigated. When mitigating reduction in grade to forfeiture of pay, the amount of the forfeiture shall not be greater than the amount that could have been imposed initially under this section by the officer who imposed the discipline.

    (g) Whenever a discipline of forfeiture of pay is imposed under this section, the forfeiture may apply to pay accruing before, on, or after the date that discipline is imposed. (Added 2013, No. 124 (Adj. Sess.), § 2.)