What is Cadet Misconduct?
Cadet misconduct comes in various forms to include criminal misconduct, integrity violations, academic deficiencies, poor duty performance and honor code violations. This gamut of cadet misconduct applies to those enrolled in the military service academies such as the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York, the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland or the Coast Guard in Groton, Connecticut. It also applies to those Cadets enrolled at military schools such as the Citadel and Virginia Military Institute, and the many thousands of cadets participating in the Reserve Officers Trainings Corps (ROTC) Programs on college campuses throughout the country.
Cadet misconduct may have adverse consequences such as administrative actions in a military personnel or academic file, extra duty, suspension or revocation of scholarship and financial tuition benefits, expulsion from a military academy, or disenrollment from an ROTC Program. Cadets alleged to have engaged in misconduct are normally not afforded the right to legal counsel. This means they may not receive the benefit of detailed military or appointed counsel at the government’s expense. However, Cadets accused of misconduct may retain civilian counsel at their own expense to advise and assist them in defending against the allegations and/or minimizing the impact that substantiated misconduct may have on a Cadet’s military and/or academic career.
If you are a Cadet and are either suspected or, under investigation for or accused of committing misconduct, regardless of form or severity, your military and academic career may be in jeopardy. Contact a civilian defense attorney with experience in military law and representing Cadets in all forms of Cadet Misconduct today to learn your rights and protect against any adverse effect of consequence to your future.