JSC Mission

Joint Service Committee on Military Justice

To further the Department of Defense’s duty to assist the President in fulfilling the responsibility of ensuring that the Uniform Code of Military Justice and Manual for Courts-Martial constitute a comprehensive body of military criminal law and procedure.

About the JSC

The Joint Service Committee on Military Justice (JSC) is an inter-agency, joint body of judge advocates and advisors, dedicated to ensuring the Manual for Courts-Martial (MCM) and Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) constitute a comprehensive body of criminal law and procedure.  The Judge Advocates General and the General Counsel of the Department of Transportation established the JSC on August 17, 1972, to keep the Manual for Courts-Martial (MCM) and Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) current.  The JSC also assists the Department of Defense in its responsibility to conduct an annual review of the MCM as required by Executive Order 12473 of July 13, 1984 (PDF). 

The JSC is governed by DoDDir 5500.17, “Role and Responsibilities of the Joint Service Committee (JSC) on Military Justice” (PDF) and “The Standard Operating Procedures of the Joint Service Committee on Military Justice.” (PDF).  The JSC consists of the Voting Group, Working Group, and Advisors.  The Voting Group includes one judge advocate from each of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy.  The Working Group includes additional judge advocates from each of the Services.  The JSC advisors represent the Office of General Counsel, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  The JSC Chair and Executive Secretary positions rotate biannually.  Since January 1, 2017, these positions have been filled by the Navy.

You may submit a proposal to amend the MCM or UCMJ by emailing your proposal, using this
template, to the
JSC Executive Secretary (see "Contact" page).

NEWS: Proposed Amendments to the MCM
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On July 11, 2017, the notice entitled "Proposed Amendments to the Manual for Courts-Martial, United States (2016 ed.)" was published in the federal register (available here).  The proposed amendments include a complete reissuance of the MCM with many revisions implementing the Military Justice Act of 2016.  The public is encouraged to submit comments here and can also access the notice and supporting documents by searching www.regulation.gov using docket ID number DOD-2017-OS-0032.  You may submit proposals to amend the MCM or UCMJ following directions on the "Contact" page.  The public comment period closes on September 11, 2017.  A public hearing will take place on August 3, 2017 between 10:00am and 12:00pm at the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

An Executive Summary of all changes is available as a PDF for download.

The proposed Executive Order and all accompanying documents are included below:

  • The Federal Register Notice (PDF)
  • The Proposed Executive Order (PDF)
  • Annex 1 - All changes that will go into effect upon signature (PDF)
  • Annex 2 - Preliminary matters (PDF)
  • Annex 2 - Section 1 - Preamble (PDF)
  • Annex 2 - Section 2 - Rules for Court-Martial (PDF)
  • Annex 2 - Section 3 - Military Rules of Evidence (PDF)
  • Annex 2 - Section 4 - Punitive Articles (PDF)
  • Annex 2 - Section 5 - Non-Judicial Punishment (PDF)
  • Annex 2 - Section 6 - Non-Binding Disposition Guidance (PDF)
  • Annex 2 - Section 7 - Chart of Lesser Included Offenses (PDF)