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Can an nco be charged with derelection of duty for not

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Can an nco be charged with derelection of duty for not reporting a rumor of officer fraternization?
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Thank you for trusting your question to JA today. I am a licensed attorney with over a decade of law practice and over 20 years of experience in the legal field. I’m happy to be of assistance.

Dereliction of duty is a slippery article and allows for this sort of charge. Now, the issue with dereliction is the requirement to prove a duty and that the NCO should have known or did know of that duty.

It is possible that, at court martial, the members wouldn't agree that there was a duty or necessarily that the member new or should have known. But those defects don't stop a commander from charging it. They just give the NCO potential defenses.

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