Overview of Georgia's Military Criminal Justice System

     Except for the United States Coast Guard, every branch of the United States military possesses personnel and bases within the State of Georgia: Fort Benning, Fort Gillem, Fort Gordon, Fort McPherson, Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield, and Lawson Army Airfield for the United States Army; the Atlanta Naval Air Station and King's Bay Naval Submarine Base for the United States Navy; the Albany Marine Corps Logistics Base for the United States Marine Corps; and Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Moody Air Force Base and Robins Air Force Base for the United States Air Force. Although the vast majority of servicemen and women serve their country dutifully, honorably and without any mark whatsoever on their record, occasionally military personnel do become involved in criminal activity, and the United States armed services have a well established justice system to deal with such activity.

     Firstly, each armed services branch has its own military police force, the Military Police Corps for the Army, the Master-at-Arms for the Navy, the Provost Marshal’s Office for the Marines and the Air Force Security Forces (there also are separate United States Department of Defense police forces for each branch, which are concerned with security). Each service further has its own department for criminal investigations: the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID), the Navy’s and Marine Corps’ Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI). The Army CID 3rd MP Group and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory are based at Fort Gillem, and Air Force OSI maintains units at all Georgia Air Force bases.

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