Disciplinary Law Reform

 

As a result of prolonged and comprehensive administrative process the General Staff Command concerning disciplinary law was amended and went into effect in January 2009. The revised format incorporated many general orders (GHQ regulations) into one simple chronological regulation, detailing the disciplinary process from beginning to end and any exceptions or derogations therein.

 

The disciplinary powers of non-commissioned officers were broadened, enabling them to submit a complaint within their unit's base against all soldiers (apart from the unit commander) and outside of their unit, in public areas, against those who are lower in rank. The powers of a commissioned officer to submit a complaint outside of the base against a lower ranking soldier were likewise broadened, even if the offending soldier does not serve in the same unit. Furthermore, the degree of punishment for specific offences and the ranks of officers entitled to preside over a variety of cases were revised.

 

The new GHQ regulation is more appropriate to the changing realities of the disciplinary process. The reform balances between the needs of commanders to enforce discipline in their respective units on the one hand and the protection of the rights of soldiers on the other. As a result, disciplinary law is safeguarded as an essential and effective tool in the hands of commanders to impose discipline in the army.