The Navy’s Judge Advocate General's Corps put out a statement March 11, warning personnel that gambling on the NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament could result in disciplinary action.
While some state laws allow for the participation in office pools, the Navy reminded its sailors that if they partake in gambling on government property, ships included, they will be in breach of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Lt. Kathy Paradis of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, wrote on an official Navy blog, “As service members, we are prohibited from engaging in most gambling activities, which could include a March Madness office pool, while on federal property or onboard naval units.”
Task & Purpose reached out to the Judge Advocate General’s Corps for comment, but has not received a response.
The blog post goes on to say, “You may be thinking, ‘Regulations? But this is just basketball!’ Well, maybe. Under federal and Department of Defense regulations, it could also constitute prohibited gambling.”
The good news is despite the ruling, no known personnel has ever been charged in such a case, which could result in maximum penalties of one to two years’ confinement, along with dismissal and forfeiture of pay.
Still, the Judge Advocate General’s Corps advises that Navy personnel should save March Madness gambling for non-military friends on personal time, avoid using government computers to participate, or avoid paying in to win cash prizes at all.
More than 7,500 boots on display at Fort Bragg this month served as a temporary memorial to service members from all branches who have died since 9/11.
The boots — which had the service members' photos and dates of death — were on display for Fort Bragg's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's annual Run, Honor and Remember 5k on May 18 and for the 82nd Airborne Division's run that kicked off All American Week.
"It shows the families the service members are still remembered, honored and not forgotten," said Charlotte Watson, program manager of Fort Bragg's Survivor Outreach Services.
After more than a decade of research and development and upwards of $500 million in funding, the Navy finally plans on testing its much-hyped electromagnetic railgun on a surface warship in a major milestone for the beleaguered weapons system, Navy documents reveal.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Congress fell short ahead of Memorial Day weekend, failing to pass legislation that would provide tax relief for the families of military personnel killed during their service.
Senators unanimously approved a version of the bipartisan Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act Tuesday sending it back to the House of Representatives, where it was tied to a retirement savings bill as an amendment, and passed Thursday.
When it got back to the Senate, the larger piece of legislation failed to pass and make its way to the President Trump's desk.
In less than three years after the National Security Agency found itself subject to an unprecedentedly catastrophic hacking episode, one of the agency's most powerful cyber weapons is reportedly being turned against American cities with alarming frequency by the very foreign hackers it was once intended to counter.
The spectacle of hundreds of thousands of motorcycles roaring their way through the streets of Washington, D.C., to Memorial Day events as part of the annual Rolling Thunder veterans tribute will be a thing of the past after this coming weekend.
Former Army Sgt. Artie Muller, a 73-year-old Vietnam veteran and co-founder of Rolling Thunder, said the logistics and costs of staging the event for Memorial Day, which falls on May 27 this year, were getting too out of hand to continue. The ride had become a tradition in D.C. since the first in 1988.
"It's just a lot of money," said the plainspoken Muller, who laced an interview with a few epithets of regret over having to shut down Rolling Thunder.