|U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces|
However the court rules, isn't it kind of icky for military personnel to have to put themselves on report with the military for offenses that are being or have been dealt with by civilian authorities? But, you might say, the military has a non-penal interest in such matters, and might decide that the member ought to be separated administratively. After all, frequent involvement with civilian authorities is a possible ground for administrative separation. Or the military might have a need to know from the standpoint of whether the individual was trustworthy enough to have a security clearance.
Is there some other way to vindicate these service interests that doesn't rely on military personnel to be the bearer of their own bad tidings? Why not turn the reporting telescope around by enacting a federal or uniform state law that requires civilian law enforcement authorities to notify the military automatically of civilian charges against military personnel?
As for Fireman Castillo, in the end she was not convicted in civilian court on the civilian charges the Navy says she should have self-reported to it.
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