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A civilian subject to service discipline is someone who, whilst not a member of the British Armed Forces, is nevertheless subject to some aspects of British military law and the military justice system.

CategoriesEdit

The Armed Forces Act 2006 defines who is a civilian subject to service discipline. The main categories are:[1]

Designated areasEdit

The following countries are designated areas in respect of civil servants, employees of support organizations and civilians living with or staying with either of those:[4]

The following countries are designated areas in respect of civilians living with or staying with a service person:[4]

These definitions will therefore include, for example, family members living with a soldier stationed in Germany.

Civilians subject to service discipline may be tried in the Service Civilian Court[5] or by the Court Martial (although the Court Martial will be made up of civilian, not military, members[6]).

Comparison with other countriesEdit

The list of civilians who are subject to service discipline is more extensive than in some other countries—for example, in the United States, civilian spouses, dependents, and guests of military personnel are not included in the list of people subject to that country's Uniform Code of Military Justice.[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. See Text of Schedule 15, Part 1 of the Armed Forces Act 2006 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from the UK Statute Law Database
  2. See Text of Schedule 1 of the Armed Forces (Civilians Subject to Service Discipline) Order 2009 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from the UK Statute Law Database
  3. See Text of Schedule 2 of the Armed Forces (Civilians Subject to Service Discipline) Order 2009 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from the UK Statute Law Database
  4. 4.0 4.1 See Text of the Schedule 3 of the Armed Forces (Civilians Subject to Service Discipline) Order 2009 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from the UK Statute Law Database
  5. Section 51 of the Armed Forces Act 2006
  6. Rule 33 of the The Armed Forces (Court Martial) Rules 2009 (Statutory Instrument 2009/2041), Office of Public Sector Information
  7. 10 U.S.C.§ 802

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