It is not every day that one reads a military case in which the government argues for the application of civilian sentencing standards in order to obtain a stiffer sentence on appeal . . . and loses. But that is what happened in R. v. Darrigan, 2020 CMAC 1. The painstaking judgment was written for a unanimous panel by Justice Jamie W.S. Saunders of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada (as well as the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal).