which of the following documents provides structure for the discipline a soldier must adhere to

The foundation of military law is the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution provides that Congress has responsibilities to make rules to regulate the military. Congress implemented its responsibilities over military justice by enacting the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). The UCMJ is a federal law that is contained in Title 10 of the United States Code, Sections 801 through 946. Find out more details here.

When one enlists in the United States Military, they take the following oath: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The Article 90 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) makes it a crime for a military member to willfully disobey a superior commissioned officer. Article 91 makes it a crime to to willfully disobey a superior Non-commissioned or Warrant Officer. Article 92 makes it a crime to disobey any lawful order (under this article, the disobedience does not have to be "willful"). Learn more here.

The Code of Conduct(not part UCMJ) is the legal guide for the behavior of military members who are seized by hostile forces. It is a personal conduct command for members of the American armed forces throughout the world. It includes basic information useful to U.S. POWs in their efforts to survive honorably while resisting their captor's efforts to exploit them to the advantage of the enemy's cause and their own disadvantage. Find out more here.

In the news, Fast and Furious star Paul Walker, who recently died in a fiery car crash, anonymously purchased an engagement ring for a struggling military couple. Walker was in the store when he saw a soldier who had just finished up his first tour of duty in Iraq shopping for engagement rings with his fiancee. Read more at PARADE.

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Friday, December 06 2013