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Can my commander restrict me to post and the barrack under an Article 15 if I live off post and have a spouse?

I am married and have a house off post I recently got a field grade Article 15. My punishment included restriction to the barracks for 45 days. Are they able to do this even if I have a house off post and a spouse?

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Absolutely legal.  The command can restrict any Soldier as punishment on an Article 15 regardless if they live off base or not.  The command has to provide a room for the Soldier in the barracks during this time.  I have seen this done on a few occasions.  Usually when the Soldier has done something significant.

 The command normally does not take the Soldiers BAQ while he is in the barracks on restriction. 

 The command normally allows the Soldier, while on restriction, to meet with their family in the day room, PX, or some neutral place on base.  Many times I have seen the Soldier restricted to the battalion footprint, plus place of worship, mess hall, and place of duty.  They can also limit the time they can visit also.

 It doesn’t happen a lot that a married Soldier is placed on restriction, but it does happen and is perfectly legal.

As an example I did have a battalion commander who put everyone on restriction, regardless of their living/marriage situation.  His thought was, if I put a single Soldier on restriction for an offense, why shouldn’t I put a married Soldier on restriction for the same offense? 

ECK is one of our SME’s Please Note:  “ECK  is not an attorney. The opinions expressed are my own and are not to be in anyway interpreted or inferred as legal advice.”

posted on 12/26/2014 under Q&A
Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training.

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  • Sgt snuffy


    I know that this post is 4 years old, but I wanted to know if these days have to be consecutive days? My commander is giving me 14 days restrictionists but says that weekends and holidays only count so I’ll be confined with extra duty on paper for 14 days but in reality it will be closer to 10 weeks. Is this really something he can legally do?

    • Mark Gerecht


      Bottom-line: The restriction must run consecutively it cannot be broken into piece. Here is the reference

      AR 27-10 3-19(8) (8) Combination and apportionment. With the following exception, punishment authorized under UCMJ, Art. 15(b) may be combined: No two or more punishments involving deprivation of liberty may be combined, in the same nonjudicial punishment proceedings, to run either consecutively or concurrently, except that restriction and extra duty may be combined in any manner to run for a period not exceeding the maximum duration that can be imposed for extra duty, by the imposing commander. Once commenced, deprivation of liberty punishments will run continuously, except where temporarily interrupted due to the fault of the Soldier, or the Soldier is physically incapacitated, or an appeal is not acted on as prescribed in paragraph 3–21b. (See para 3–21c, below regarding the circumstances when deprivation of liberty punishments, imposed in separate nonjudicial punishment proceedings may run consecutively.)

      Punishment must run concurrent and from the day it starts it will run 14 days and cannot be interruptions still count unless it is the Soldier’s fault?

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