Article 134 – Straggling

Summary of the Elements of Article 134 (Straggling):

Any service member who wanders away or separates himself from his unit or organization while on a march or similar exercise is considered a straggler and subject to prosecution under Article 134 of the UCMJ.

The MCM states a service member may be in violation of Article 134 – Straggling- if it can be demonstrated that: …

Any service member who straggles (lags behind) when accompanying his organization on a maneuver, march or any other similar exercise can be charged with a violation of Article 134 of the UMCJ.

Straggling is a violation of Article 134 as stated above.

offense under Article 134 depends upon the nature … referred to as “clauses 1, 2, and 3” of Article 134. … (2) That the straggling was wrongful; and.

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