If You're in Trouble, Know Your Right to Silence -- And Use It!
Article 31 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice gives Service Member substantially greater rights against self-incrimination than suspects under civilian law.
Unlike the "Miranda" warnings, Article 31 applies in every case when a person subject to the UCMJ is suspected on committing an offense. By its own terms, it also requires exclusion of any material obtained in violation of Article 31.
Article 31 is a powerful tool designed to protect Service Members, and it is extremely important for every Service Member to understand his or her rights under Article 31 and to exercise them whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Military Law Enforcement works to induce every Service Member to waive his or her Article 31 rights. They are often successful. It has been estimated that 50% of all courts-martial would be lost without admissions made by accused.