The assistance of our experienced military law practitioners who have the familiarity with the practice and proceedings that pertain to Midshipman facing Conduct, Honor or Academic Boards at the United States Naval Academy bring extraordinary value and peace of mind to Midshipman and their families.
The United States Naval Academy holds itself to high standards in academics, conduct and honor. A Midshipman's failure to maintain these standards may result in an adversarial hearing where the Midshipman is expected to defend him or herself against allegations of deficiency. The United States Naval academy has its own traditions, procedures and terminology that are unique to the Naval Academy and not found elsewhere in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Military, or the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Whether Honor Boards, Conduct Boards, or Academic Boards, these cases can be bewildering for Midshipmen, their parents, family as well as those who have a history of military service and familiarity with its customs and traditions.
The Conduct System's rules and regulations are set forth in COMDTMIDNINST 1610.2J while the Honor System is guided by a separate and distinct process set forth in USNAINST 1610.3H. Generally speaking, a midshipman will not be adjudicated under both the Conduct and Honor Systems. In addition, for those misconduct allegations that arose off the Naval Academy grounds, it is not uncommon for a midshipmen to find themselves subject to simultaneous charges under both the civilian and Conduct Systems. (See COMDTMIDNINST 1610.2J, para. 1.3(3)).
Substantiated violations can have a significant adverse impact upon a Midshipman that range from minor punishments and restrictions, to probation and remediation, and if warranted, the review of the midshipmen's suitability for commissioning, separation with an adverse administrative discharge. In addition, separation may bring with it the potential recoupment of tuition costs and fees in excess of two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000). (See COMDTMIDNINST 1610.2J, para. 3.5; see also COMDTMIDNINST 1610.2J, TAB D). It is important to note that the reimbursement and recoupment of tuition costs and fees may not only be the result of a finding at a Conduct or Honor board. Rather, this significant financial penalty may also flow from an adverse finding at an Academic Board, unless sufficient evidence is presented by the midshipman to demonstrate that the deficiency resulted despite the best efforts of the midshipman. (See USNAINST 5420.24G, para. 1(c)(5)).
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