Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Terms of office for appellate military judges

The U.S. Air Force (like the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, and unlike the U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard) does not yet have fixed terms of office for its judges. This will change if and when the UCMJ revisions in the FY17 NDAA are enacted, although implementing provisions in the forthcoming Manual for Courts-Martial revision will be pivotal. (Nothing like holding out to the bitter end, is there?)

For a sense of the surprising range of the actual duration of judicial service of past Air Force appellate military judges under the prevailing at-will, anything-goes environment, consider this table found on the U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals website.

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