UCMJ Article 134

UCMJ Article 134


The MCM states a service member may be in violation of Article 134 – Straggling- if it can be demonstrated that:

  1. the accused, while accompanying the accused’s organization on a march, maneuvers, or similar exercise, straggled;
  2. the straggling was wrongful; and
  3. under the circumstances, the conduct of the accused was either: (i) to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces; (ii) was of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces; or (iii) to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces and of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.


For the purposes of this article, to straggle means to wander away, to stray, to become separated from, or to lag or linger behind.


Maximum Possible Punishment for Violations of Article 134

Service members convicted of a violation of Article 134 for Straggling face a maximum possible punishment of confinement for 3 months and forfeiture of two-thirds pay per month for 3 months.


How do you defend against Article 134 Straggling charges?

When you are facing the combined resources of the military as well as the current cultural climate, you need to be prepared to defend your career and your freedom. Crisp and Associates, LLC has a team of experienced trial attorneys, with more than 75 years of combined experience, who have won these types of cases. This team includes the firm’s founder, Jonathan Crisp, a highly respected and sought-after attorney, speaker, and lecturer, who has served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) since 1998 and entered private practice in 2007.


If you, or someone you know, is facing Article 134 charges for Straggling, you need to speak with a Military defense attorney right away. We understand what is at risk, and we know how to protect your career, your freedom, and your future. Please call Crisp and Associates Military at 888-258-1653 for a free consultation.

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