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What Punishment Can I Expect for Lying to an NCO?

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Lying is a serious offense and breach of values.  Depending on the circumstances you could be looking at full punishment under the UCMJ.

If it is a Summary Article 15- 14 days restriction, 14 extra duty.

If you are getting a company grade Article 15 it would be loss of 1 grade, loss of 7 days pay, 14 days restriction, 14 extra duty.

I believe most leaders see lying as a serious issue, they usually will not go easy in these cases.  I would highly encourage you to be well prepared and be able to explain yourself and actions.

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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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  • Mark Gerecht


    Jake, these situations are unfortunate and do happen from time to time. Send me an email at: MarkG@Byrrdinc.com and we can discuss the specifics. Also would encourage you to checkout our YOUTUBE Channel MENTOR MILITARY. It has tons of videos that may be of use to you and your network. Respectfully, TOP

  • Lawrence


    I was recommended for an article 15 company level for supposedly not attending an appointment and lying to an nco about going. I provided paperwork that I attended the appointments and had emails as proof. Will I beat the accusations or will I have extra duty?

    • Mark Gerecht


      Lawrence, hard to say. in a perfect world yes. As long as you can show proof you would be good to go. I would encourage you to visit our YOUTUBE CHANNEL Mentor Military and specifically watch the videos on Article 15’s I really believe these will give you some great information. If you need to chat about your situation specifically feel free to email me at: MarkG@Byrrdinc.com

  • Pvtdummie


    So a buddy of mine got mps called on him because his room smelled of weed. they found residue arrested him but couldn’t test the residue because it’s not enough so the released. him his chain of command are forcing him to sleep at the unit office bot letting him leave is this legal what actions should he take?

    • Mark Gerecht


      This action is allowable under certain conditions. Without knowing the full details of the case it is hard to say if the action is legal. Odds are the chain of command has already discussed their actions with JAG to ensure the actions they are taking are legal. The Soldier could contact JAG/IG and ask the question themselves, they can even do so anonymously if they prefer.

      Hope this helps!

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