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I was instructed to use a duty van to move barracks by my

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I was instructed to use a duty van to move barracks by my chain of command and , I had bought a tv from the nex the day prior and I stupidly picked the tv up from the nex in the duty van and my HMCS said that I could go to captains mast is that true
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Military Law
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.


Thank you for the information and your question. Technically yes, using Government property for personal use is a violation of a general order, so you could conceivably be charged with an orders violation. It is against both statute and regulation to use any Government property for private use unless there is a waiver from the Head of the Government agency. That said, I understand that it happens sometimes and some people get in trouble and others don't. Unfortunately though, that doesn't make it legal and selective enforcement happens.

I do think that, unless you have a record of misconduct, that this issue normally should not go further than a Chiefs' Board or XOI, but that is up to the Command. Please feel free to ask for clarification.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have never been in trouble in the military yet and I have a good record of doing well I just hope it does not go to mast
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.

Hello again--Hopefully, the Command will choose to handle this at a lower level as I touched on. It is technically a violation of the UCMJ, but since you are not a "problem" for your Command, it really should just be a counseling versus punishment. But, not up to me. Best of luck to you.

Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 year ago.

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