Protect Yourself Against Unlawful Command Influence
Unlawful Command Influence (UCI) is one of the more subtle and difficult
to prove violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Only experienced
military law practitioners stop it and are able to obtain proper relief.
Considering that UCI is difficult to prove, often it takes an extra effort
This rule in essence prohibits superior commanders from forcing their subordinate
commanders to take certain adverse judicial or non-judicial action. Each
Servicemember has a right to a fair and impartial trial. UCI hinders this
right by replacing fairness with a superior rank.
The following examples constitute UCI:
- The convening authority telling his staff not to testify for convicted Soldiers.
- 1SG telling Servicemembers not to testify for drug dealers.
- The Commander setting a policy stating that all NCO who get a DUI will
be automatically reduced and separated with a BCD.
- Superior Officer telling panel members to find the accused guilty.
- Making comments in an evaluation report criticizing a panel member for
a particular outcome
Regardless of how the issue of UCI becomes present in your case, it needs
to be properly addressed. If you believe there is UCI in your case, contact
The Federal Practice Group military law attorneys at
firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 862-4348 to invoke your rights. This information does not constitute