31 May 2007

Changes to the MCM

The changes to the Manual for Courts-Martial promulgated by the President in Executive Order 13430 on 18 April 2007 went into effect 18 May 2007. Of course, nothing in the amendments shall be construed to make punishable any act done or omitted prior to the effective date that was not punishable when done or omitted.

The following is a summary of the major changes:

(1) R.C.M. 703, 804, 805, and 914A are amended to provide the opportunity for employing video teleconferencing in a wide variety of situations in a court-martial.

(2) Minor changes to paragraph 35, covering Article 111, UCMJ.

(3) A new paragraph 44a, covers the new Article 119a offense -- Death or injury to an unborn child.

(4) A new paragraph 45a covers the new Article 120a offense -- Stalking.
The official version of the Executive Order, 72 Fed. Reg. 20213 (23 April 2007), is posted at


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