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Have you ever had that nagging feeling when you watch a movie and can't help but wonder how something you just saw works in real life? A few days ago I was watching an army movie where a soldier gets demoted. And that got me thinking about how demotions work. Real demotions happen in the military all the time, but what really happens they are delivered?
In short, nothing has to happen outside of the demotion. Demotions are usually tied to Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. This article can be seen as a mini version of a military court. If a soldier commits a minor offense that doesn't demand a trial, like for example drinking on the job, then their commanding officer can choose if they are guilty or innocent and then punish them accordingly. It just happens that demotion is one of those possible punishments.
However, what I just said is the barebones version. Turns out there is a lot to research on the topic, and some of the jargon definitely is hard to understand if you didn't go through boot camp. So I figure we should go over it step by step. So we can all get a really good grasp on how demotions work out.
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