|Iowa State Sen. Steve Sodders|
Iowa state senator Steve Sodders
has proposed legislation
to amend the Iowa Code of Military Justice
to require National Guard officials to report sexual assaults to civilian law enforcement authorities for civilian prosecution. The change would apply to personnel who are on duty with the National Guard when not in federal service (and hence who are not subject to the federal Uniform Code of Military Justice). The maximum military justice penalties for offenses committed by National Guard personnel not in federal service are very low. Under Iowa law, for example:
29B.17 JURISDICTION OF GENERAL COURTS-MARTIAL.
Subject to section 29B.16, general courts-martial have
jurisdiction to try persons subject to this code for any offense made
punishable by this code and may, under such limitations as the
adjutant general may prescribe, adjudge any one or a combination of
the following punishments:
1. A fine of not more than five thousand dollars.
2. Forfeiture of not more than twenty days' pay and allowances.
3. A reprimand.
4. Dismissal or dishonorable discharge.
5. Reduction of a noncommissioned officer to the ranks.
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