I separated from active duty almost 2 months ago and now I am in the Select Marine Corps Reserve (SMCR). Still with an active duty mindset and understanding of rules and regulations for active duty Marines, I am slowly learning about the differences between active duty and reserves. I was told and unable to locate this in documentation that reservists outside of obligated drill cannot be held responsible under the UCMJ. Is this true that reservists if in trouble with the law outside of their obligated drill times that it has no affect on their Marine Corps career? If I were to be busted for marijuana possession and was given a misdemeanor charge outside of drill, that couldn't be held against me in the Corps? <div><br></div><div>This is a hard thing for me to believe. I was exposed to this on my second drill where we had an issue in similarity come up, is this true? I'm still practicing "you're a Marine 24/7" but I guess that isn't the case with reservists. </div>
Posted >1 y ago
I was surprised to learn this as well, but no, reserve component members are not subject to UCMJ unless they are on duty (drill, etc.). Also, National Guard members are not subject to UCMJ at all unless they are on Federal service, and instead they are subject to the State Code of Military Justice (which is often similar to UCMJ but not identical).
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