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The Military’s Legal Battle

Decisions made by men and women in extremely difficult situations, such as post-war Iraq, should be weighed against the position that they have been put in.

A broadly accepted Service Law is essential to the operational effectiveness of the modern British Army. This system in part represents the authority granted to officers to exercise discipline within their own commands, and includes the courts martial system. A system of Service Law, therefore, should support the discipline required of an effective fighting force, especially when it finds itself on operations, but it also engenders respect for the command structure and th

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