Petitioner, a United States Army sergeant, while on an evening pass from his army post in Hawaii and in civilian attire, broke into a hotel room, assaulted a girl, and attempted rape. Following his apprehension, city police, on learning that petitioner was in the Armed Forces, delivered him to the military police. After interrogation, petitioner confessed. He was charged with attempted rape, housebreaking, and assault with attempt to rape, in violation of Articles 80, 130, and 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, tried by a court-martial, convicted on all counts, and sentenced. His conviction was affirmed by the Army Board of Review and thereafter by the United States Court of Military Appeals. Petitioner later filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the District Court claiming that the court-martial was without jurisdiction to try him for nonmilitary offenses committed off-post while on an evening pass. The District Court denied relief and the Court of Appeals affirmed. Held: A crime, to be under military jurisdiction, must be service connected, and since petitioner's crimes were not, he could not be tried by court-martial but was entitled to a civilian trial with the benefits of an indictment by a grand jury and trial by jury. Pp. 261-274.
Victor Rabinowitz argued the cause and filed briefs for petitioner.
James vanR. Springer argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief were Solicitor General Griswold, Assistant Attorney General Vinson, Beatrice Rosenberg, and Roger A. Pauley.
MR. JUSTICE DOUGLAS delivered the opinion of the Court.
Petitioner, then a sergeant in the United States Army, was stationed in July 1956, at Fort Shafter, Oahu, in the Territory of Hawaii. On the night of July 20, while on an evening pass, petitioner and a friend left the post dressed in civilian clothes and went into Honolulu. After a few beers in the bar of a hotel, petitioner entered the residential part of the hotel where [395 U.S. 258, 260] he broke into the room of a young girl and assaulted and attempted to rape her. While fleeing from her room onto Waikiki Beach, he was apprehended by a hotel security officer who delivered him to the Honolulu city police for questioning. After determining that he was a member of the Armed Forces, the city police delivered petitioner to the military police. After extensive interrogation, petitioner confessed and was placed in military confinement.
Petitioner was charged with attempted rape, house-breaking, and assault with intent to rape, in violation of Articles 80, 130, and 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. 1 He was tried by court-martial, convicted on all counts, and given a sentence of 10 years' imprisonment at hard labor, forfeiture of all pay and [395 U.S. 258, 261] allowances, and dishonorable discharge. His conviction was affirmed by the Army Board of Review and, subsequently, by the United States Court of Military Appeals.
Under confinement at the United States Penitentiary at Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, petitioner filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, alleging, inter alia, that the court-martial was without jurisdiction to try him for nonmilitary offenses committed off-post while on an evening pass. The District Court denied relief without considering the issue on the merits, and the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed. This Court granted certiorari limited to the question:
If the case does not arise "in the land or naval forces," then the accused gets first, the benefit of an indictment by a grand jury and second, a trial by jury before a civilian court as guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment and by Art. III, 2, of the Constitution which provides in part:
A court-martial is not yet an independent instrument of justice but remains to a significant degree a specialized part of the overall mechanism by which military discipline is preserved. 6
That a system of specialized military courts, proceeding by practices different from those obtaining in the regular courts and in general less favorable to defendants, is necessary to an effective national defense establishment, few would deny. But the justification for such a system rests on the special needs of the military, and history teaches that expansion of military discipline beyond its proper domain carries with it a threat to liberty. This Court, mindful of the genuine need for special military courts, has recognized their propriety in their appropriate sphere, e. g., Burns v. Wilson, 346 U.S. 137 , but in examining the reach of their jurisdiction, it has recognized that
As recently stated: "None of the travesties of justice perpetrated under the UCMJ is really very surprising, for military law has always been and continues to be primarily an instrument of discipline, not justice." Glasser, Justice and Captain Levy, 12 Columbia Forum 46, 49 (1969).
The mere fact that petitioner was at the time of his offense and of his court-martial on active duty in the Armed Forces does not automatically dispose of this case under our prior decisions. [395 U.S. 258, 267]
We have held in a series of decisions that court-martial jurisdiction cannot be extended to reach any person not a member of the Armed Forces at the times of both the offense and the trial. Thus, discharged soldiers cannot be court-martialed for offenses committed while in service. Toth v. Quarles, 350 U.S. 11 . Similarly, neither civilian employees of the Armed Forces overseas, McElroy v. Guagliardo, 361 U.S. 281 ; Grisham v. Hagan, 361 U.S. 278 ; nor civilian dependents of military personnel accompanying them overseas, Kinsella v. Singleton, 361 U.S. 234 ; Reid v. Covert, 354 U.S. 1 , may be tried by court-martial.
These cases decide that courts-martial have no jurisdiction to try those who are not members of the Armed Forces, no matter how intimate the connection between their offense and the concerns of military discipline. From these cases, the Government invites us to draw the conclusion that once it is established that the accused is a member of the Armed Forces, lack of relationship between the offense and identifiable military interests is irrelevant to the jurisdiction of a court-martial.
The fact that courts-martial have no jurisdiction over nonsoldiers, whatever their offense, does not necessarily imply that they have unlimited jurisdiction over soldiers, regardless of the nature of the offenses charged. Nor do the cases of this Court suggest any such interpretation. The Government emphasizes that these decisions - especially Kinsella v. Singleton - establish that liability to trial by court-martial is a question of "status" - "whether the accused in the court-martial proceeding is a person who can be regarded as falling within the term `land and naval Forces.'" 361 U.S., at 241 . But that is merely the beginning of the inquiry, not its end. "Status" is necessary for jurisdiction; but it does not follow that ascertainment of "status" completes the inquiry, regardless of the nature, time, and place of the offense. [395 U.S. 258, 268]
Both in England prior to the American Revolution and in our own national history military trial of soldiers committing civilian offenses has been viewed with suspicion. 8 Abuses of the court-martial power were an important grievance of the parliamentary forces in the English constitutional crises of the 17th century. The resolution of that conflict came with the acceptance by William and Mary of the Bill of Rights in 1689 which established that in the future, Parliament, not the Crown, would have the power to define the jurisdiction of courts-martial. 1 W. & M., Sess. 2, c. 2. The 17th century conflict over the proper role of courts-martial in the enforcement of the domestic criminal law was not, however, merely a dispute over what organ of government had jurisdiction. It also involved substantive disapproval of the general use of military courts for trial of ordinary crimes. 9
Parliament, possessed at last of final power in the matter, was quick to authorize, subject to annual renewal, maintenance of a standing army and to give authority for trial by court-martial of certain crimes closely related to military discipline. But Parliament's new power over courts-martial was exercised only very sparingly to ordain military jurisdiction over acts which were also offenses at common law. The first of the annual mutiny acts, 1 W. & M., c. 5, set the tone. It established the general rule that
The jurisdiction of British courts-martial over military offenses which were also common-law felonies was from time to time extended, 10 but, with the exception of one year, 11 there was never any general military jurisdiction to try soldiers for ordinary crimes committed in the British Isles. It was, therefore, the rule in Britain at the time of the American Revolution that a soldier could not be tried by court-martial for a civilian offense committed in Britain; instead military officers were required to use their energies and office to insure that the accused soldier would be tried before a civil court. 12 Evasion [395 U.S. 258, 270] and erosion of the principle that crimes committed by soldiers should be tried according to regular judicial procedure in civil, not military, courts, if any were available, were among the grievances protested by the American Colonists. 13
Early American practice followed the British model. 14 The Continental Congress, in enacting articles of war in 1776, emphasized the importance of military authority cooperating to insure that soldiers who committed crimes were brought to justice. But it is clear from the context [395 U.S. 258, 271] of the provision it enacted that it expected the trials would be in civil courts. 15 The "general article," which punished "[a]ll crimes not capital, and all disorders and neglects, which officers and soldiers may be guilty of, to the prejudice of good order and military discipline, though not mentioned in the foregoing articles of war," was interpreted to embrace only crimes the commission of which had some direct impact on military discipline. Winthrop *1123. While practice was not altogether consistent, during the 19th century court-martial convictions for ordinary civil crimes were from time to time set aside by the reviewing authority on the ground that the charges recited only a violation of the general criminal law and failed to state a military offense. Id., *1124, nn. 82, 88. 16
During the Civil War, Congress provided for military trial of certain civil offenses 17 without regard to their effect on order and discipline, but the act applied only "in time of war, insurrection, or rebellion." Act of Mar. 3, 1863, c. 75, 30, 12 Stat. 736; Rev. Stat. 1342, Art. 58 (1874). In 1916, on the eve of World War I, the Articles of War were revised, 39 Stat. 650, to provide for military trial, even in peacetime, of certain specific civilian [395 U.S. 258, 272] crimes committed by persons "subject to military law" and the general article, Art. 96, was modified to provide for military trial of "all crimes or offenses not capital." In 1950, the Uniform Code of Military Justice extended military jurisdiction to capital crimes as well.
We have concluded that the crime to be under military jurisdiction must be service connected, lest "cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger," 18 as used [395 U.S. 258, 273] in the Fifth Amendment, be expanded to deprive every member of the armed services of the benefits of an indictment by a grand jury and a trial by a jury of his peers. The power of Congress to make "Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces," Art. I, 8, cl. 14, need not be sparingly read in order to preserve those two important constitutional guarantees. For it is assumed that an express grant of general power to Congress is to be exercised in harmony with express guarantees of the Bill of Rights. We were advised on oral argument that Art. 134 is construed by the military to give it power to try a member of the armed services for income tax evasion. This article has been called "a catch-all" that "incorporates almost every Federal penal statute into the Uniform Code." R. Everett, Military Justice in the Armed Forces of the United States 68-69 (1956). The catalogue of cases put within reach of the military is indeed long; and we see no way of saving to servicemen and servicewomen in any case the benefits of indictment and of trial by jury, if we conclude that this petitioner was properly tried by court-martial.
In the present case petitioner was properly absent from his military base when he committed the crimes with which he is charged. There was no connection - not even the remotest one - between his military duties and the crimes in question. The crimes were not committed on a military post or enclave; nor was the person whom he attacked performing any duties relating to the military. Moreover, Hawaii, the situs of the crime, is not an armed camp under military control, as are some of our far-flung outposts.
Finally, we deal with peacetime offenses, not with authority stemming from the war power. Civil courts were open. The offenses were committed within our territorial limits, not in the occupied zone of a foreign country. [395 U.S. 258, 274] The offenses did not involve any question of the flouting of military authority, the security of a military post, or the integrity of military property. 19
We have accordingly decided that since petitioner's crimes were not service connected, he could not be tried by court-martial but rather was entitled to trial by the civilian courts.
[ Footnote 2 ] Under Art. 25 (c) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, 10 U.S.C. 825 (c), at least one-third of the members of the court-martial trying an enlisted man are required to be enlisted men if the accused requests that enlisted personnel be included in the court-martial. In practice usually only senior enlisted personnel, i. e., [395 U.S. 258, 264] noncommissioned officers, are selected. See United States v. Crawford, 15 U.S.C. M. A. 31, 35 C. M. R. 3, motion for leave to file petition for certiorari denied, 380 U.S. 970 . See generally Schiesser, Trial by Peers: Enlisted Members on Courts-Martial, 15 Catholic U. L. Rev. 171 (1966).
[ Footnote 3 ] At the time petitioner was tried, a general court-martial was presided over by a "law officer," who was required to be a member of the bar and certified by the Judge Advocate General for duty as a law officer. U. C. M. J. Art. 26 (a). The "law officer" could be a direct subordinate of the convening authority. Manual for Courts-Martial, United States, 1951, § 4g (1). The Military Justice Act of 1968, 82 Stat. 1335, establishes a system of "military judges" intended to insure that where possible the presiding officer of a court-martial will be a professional military judge, not directly subordinate to the convening authority.
[ Footnote 4 ] For example, in a court-martial, the access of the defense to compulsory process for obtaining evidence and witnesses is, to a significant extent, dependent on the approval of the prosecution. United States v. Harvey, 8 U.S.C. M. A. 538, 25 C. M. R. 42, approving Manual for Courts-Martial, United States, 1951, § 115a. See Melnick, The Defendant's Right to Obtain Evidence: An Examination of the Military Viewpoint, 29 Mil. L. Rev. 1 (1965).
[ Footnote 5 ] See, e. g., the cases listed in Hearings on Constitutional Rights of Military Personnel before the Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary pursuant to S. Res. No. 260, 87th Cong., 2d Sess., 780-781 (1962), in each of which the Court of Military Appeals reversed court-martial convictions on the ground of excessive command influence.
[ Footnote 6 ] See Reid v. Covert, 354 U.S. 1, 36 .
[ Footnote 7 ] For sobering accounts of the impact of so-called military justice on civil rights of members of the Armed Services see Hearings on Constitutional Rights of Military Personnel before the Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary pursuant to S. Res. No. 260, 87th Cong., 2d Sess., Feb. 20 and 21, March 1, 2, 6, 9, and 12, 1962; Joint Hearings before the Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and a Special Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee, 89th Cong., 2d Sess., on S. 745 et al., Pt. 1, Jan. 18, 19, 25, and 26, March 1, 2, and 3, 1966, and Pt. 2. For a newly enacted Military Justice Act see 82 Stat. 1335. And see Summary-Report of Hearings on Constitutional Rights of Military Personnel, by the Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, pursuant to S. Res. No. 58, 88th Cong., 1st Sess. (1963) (Comm. Print).
[ Footnote 8 ] The record of historical concern over the scope of court-martial jurisdiction is extensively reviewed in MR. JUSTICE BLACK'S opinion for a plurality of the Court in Reid v. Covert, 354 U.S. 1, 23 -30. See also, Duke & Vogel, The Constitution and the Standing Army: Another Problem of Court-Martial Jurisdiction, 13 Vand. L. Rev. 435, 441-449 (1960); F. Wiener, Civilians Under Military Justice (1967) (hereinafter cited as Wiener).
[ Footnote 9 ] See Reid v. Covert, 354 U.S. 1, 23 -26.
[ Footnote 10 ] See Wiener c. 1.
[ Footnote 11 ] The Mutiny Act of 1720, 7 Geo. 1, c. 6, provided that a soldier could be court-martialed for "any Capital Crime, or . . . any Violence or Offence against the Person, Estate, or Property of any of the Subjects of this Kingdom, which is punishable by the known Laws of the Land" unless the civil authorities within eight days of the offense demanded that the accused soldier be turned over to them for trial. In November 1720, the law officers of the Army relied on this new provision of the Mutiny Act to give an opinion that it was proper to try a soldier in Scotland - where ordinary civil courts were functioning - by court-martial for an offense which would have been murder if prosecuted in the civil courts. See Wiener 245-246. The very next year - perhaps in response to that ruling, Wiener 14 - the provision was eliminated and did not reappear. The 1721 Act and its successors provided for military trial of common-law crimes only where ordinary civil courts were unavailable. See Prichard, The Army Act and Murder Abroad, 1954 Camb. L. J. 232; Wiener 14, 24-28.
[ Footnote 12 ] Failure to produce a soldier for civil trial was a military offense by the officer concerned. E. g., British Articles of War of 1765, 11, [395 U.S. 258, 270] Art. 1, reprinted in W. Winthrop, Military Law and Precedents *1448, *1456 (2d ed. 1896, 1920 reprint) (hereinafter cited as Winthrop).
[ Footnote 13 ] See Reid v. Covert, 354 U.S. 1, 27 -28 and n. 49.
[ Footnote 14 ] In its brief the Government lists a large number of courts-martial in the very early days of the Nation which it claims indicate that military trial for civil offenses was common in that period. The facts of the cases, as reflected in the brief summaries which are available to us, suggest no such conclusion. In almost every case summarized, it appears that some special military interest existed. Many are peculiarly military crimes - desertions, assaults on and thefts from other soldiers, and stealing government property. While those acts might also be felonies, by the time of the Revolutionary War offenses such as these long had been defined as distinctively military crimes in the Mutiny Acts. Many of the remainder are identifiably prosecutions for abusing military position by plundering the civil population or abusing its women while on duty. Many of the other cases in which the offense is stealing or assault on an individual were perhaps of this sort also, especially where the victim is referred to as "inhabitant." Most of the rest simply recite the offender and the offense and give no basis for judging the relationship of the offense to military discipline. Those few which do appear to involve civilian crimes in clearly civilian settings appear also to have been committed by officers. In the 18th century at least the "honor" of an officer was thought to give a specific military connection to a crime otherwise without military significance. Moreover, all those courts-martial held between 1773 and 1783 were for the trial of acts committed in wartime and, given the pattern of fighting in those days, in the immediate theater of operations.
[ Footnote 15 ] 1776 Articles of War, 10, Art. 1, reprinted in Winthrop *1494.
[ Footnote 16 ] Cf. Ex parte Mason, 105 U.S. 696, 698 , in which the Court, sustaining a court-martial conviction, under the general article, of a military guard who killed a prisoner, said, "[s]hooting with intent to kill is a civil crime, but shooting by a soldier of the army standing guard over a prison, with intent to kill a prisoner confined therein, is not only a crime against society, but an atrocious breach of military discipline."
[ Footnote 17 ] Larceny, robbery, burglary, arson, mayhem, manslaughter, murder, assault and battery with intent to kill, wounding by shooting or stabbing with an intent to commit murder, rape, or assault and battery with an intent to commit rape. Rev. Stat. 1342, Art. 58 (1874).
[ Footnote 18 ] It has been suggested, at various times, that the phrase "when in actual service in time of War or public danger" should be read to require a grand jury indictment in all cases "arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia," except when the defendant is in "service in time of War or public danger." It was decided at a very early date, however, that the above clause modifies only "Militia." Thus, the generally accepted rule is that indictment by grand jury is never necessary "in cases arising in the land or naval forces" but is necessary for members of the militia, except when they have been "called into the actual Service of the United States" (Art. II, 2, U.S. Const.) "to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions." Art. I, 8, U.S. Const.
[ Footnote 19 ] Winthrop in commenting on the phrase "to the prejudice of good order and military discipline" in a predecessor article to Article 134 said:
I consider that the terms of the Constitution and the precedents in this Court point clearly to sustaining court-martial jurisdiction in this instance. The Court's largely one-sided discussion of the competing individual and governmental interests at stake, and its reliance upon what are at best wholly inconclusive historical data, fall far short of supporting the contrary conclusion which the majority has reached. In sum, I think that the [395 U.S. 258, 275] Court has grasped for itself the making of a determination which the Constitution has placed in the hands of the Congress, and that in so doing the Court has thrown the law in this realm into a demoralizing state of uncertainty. I must dissent.
Writing for a plurality of the Court in Reid v. Covert, 354 U.S. 1 (1957), MR. JUSTICE BLACK explained that if the "language of Clause 14 is given its natural meaning . . . [t]he term `land and naval Forces' refers to persons who are members of the armed services . . .," id., at 19-20, and that accordingly the Fifth Amendment's exception encompasses persons "`in' the armed services." Id., at 22-23. In Kinsella v. Singleton, 361 U.S. 234 (1960), again looking to the constitutional language, the Court noted that "military jurisdiction has always been based on the `status' of the accused, rather than on the nature of the offense," id., at 243; that is, whether the accused "is a person who can be regarded as falling within the term `land and naval Forces.'" Id., at 241.
In these cases and many others, Ex parte Milligan, 4 Wall. 2, 123 (1866); Coleman v. Tennessee, 97 U.S. 509 (1879); Smith v. Whitney, 116 U.S. 167, 184 -185 (1886); Johnson v. Sayre, 158 U.S. 109, 114 (1895); Grafton v. United States, 206 U.S. 333, 348 (1907), this Court has consistently asserted that military "status" is a necessary and sufficient condition for the exercise of court-martial jurisdiction. The Court has never previously questioned what the language of Clause 14 would [395 U.S. 258, 276] seem to make plain - that, given the requisite military status, it is for Congress and not the Judiciary to determine the appropriate subject-matter jurisdiction of courts-martial. See Coleman v. Tennessee, supra, at 514.
The English history on which the majority relies reveals a long-standing and multifaceted struggle for power between the military and the Crown, on the one hand, and Parliament on the other, which focused, inter alia, on the King's asserted independent prerogative to try soldiers by court-martial in time of peace. See generally J. Tanner, English Constitutional Conflicts of the Seventeenth Century (1961). The martial law of the time was, moreover, arbitrary, and alien to established legal principles. See 1 W. Blackstone's Commentaries 413; M. Hale, History and Analysis of the Common Law in England 42 (6th ed. 1820). Thus, when, with the Glorious Revolution of 1688, Parliament gained exclusive authority to create peacetime court-martial jurisdiction, it exercised that authority sparingly: the early Mutiny Acts permitted trial by court-martial only for the crimes of mutiny, sedition, and desertion. E. g., Mutiny Act of 1689, 1 W. & M., Sess. 2, c. 4.
Parliament subsequently expanded the military's peacetime jurisdiction both abroad and at home. See Mutiny Act of 1712, 12 Anne, c. 13; Mutiny Act of 1803, 43 Geo. 3, c. 20. And, significantly, 46 of the Mutiny Act of 1720, 7 Geo. 1, c. 6, authorized trial by court-martial for offenses of a nonmilitary nature, if the injured civilian made no request that the accused be tried in the [395 U.S. 258, 277] civil courts. See F. Wiener, Civilians Under Military Justice 13-14, 245-246 (1967). 1
The burden of English history was not lost on the Framers of our Constitution, who doubtless feared the Executive's assertion of an independent military authority unchecked by the people acting through the Legislature. Article 9, 4, of the Articles of Confederation - from which Art. I, 8, cl. 14, of the Constitution was taken 2 - was responsive to this apprehension:
American exercise of court-martial jurisdiction prior to, and contemporaneous with, adoption of the Constitution lends no support to the Court's position. Military records between the end of the War of Independence and the beginning of the War of 1812 show frequent instances of trials by court-martial, east of the frontier, for offenses against civilians and the civil laws, such as theft, assault, and killing livestock. 3 Military authority to try soldiers for such offenses derived initially from the "general article" of war, first enacted by the Continental Congress in 1775, 4 and incorporated today in Art. 134, 10 U.S.C. 934. W. Winthrop's Military Law and Precedents (2d ed. 1896), the leading 19th century treatise on military law, recognized that the general article encompassed crimes "committed upon or against civilians . . . at or near a military camp or post," id., at 724 (1920 [395 U.S. 258, 279] reprint) (second emphasis added), and noted that even this limiting principle was not strictly observed. Id., at 725, 730-732. And in Grafton v. United States, 206 U.S. 333, 348 (1907), the Court held, with respect to the general article, that:
The United States has a vital interest in creating and maintaining an armed force of honest, upright, and well-disciplined persons, and in preserving the reputation, morale, and integrity of the military services. Furthermore, because its personnel must, perforce, live and work in close proximity to one another, the military has an obligation to protect each of its members from the misconduct of fellow servicemen. 9 The commission of offenses against the civil order manifests qualities of attitude and character equally destructive of military order and safety. The soldier who acts the part of Mr. Hyde while on leave is, at best, a precarious Dr. Jekyll when back on duty. Thus, as General George Washington recognized:
The exercise of military jurisdiction is also responsive to other practical needs of the armed forces. A soldier detained by the civil authorities pending trial, or subsequently imprisoned, is to that extent rendered useless to the service. Even if he is released on bail or recognizance, or ultimately placed on probation, the civil authorities may require him to remain within the jurisdiction, [395 U.S. 258, 283] thus making him unavailable for transfer with the rest of his unit or as the service otherwise requires.
In contrast, a person awaiting trial by court-martial may simply be restricted to limits, and may "participate in all military duties and activities of his organization while under such restriction." Manual for Courts-Martial, United States (1969), § 20 b. The trial need not be held in the jurisdiction where the offense was committed. Id., § 8. See, e. g., United States v. Voorhees, 4 U.S.C. M. A. 509, 515, 16 C. M. R. 83, 89 (1954); cf. United States v. Gravitt, 5 U.S.C. M. A. 249, 256, 17 C. M. R. 249, 256 (1954). And punishments - such as forfeiture of pay, restriction to limits, and hard labor without confinement - may be imposed that do not keep the convicted serviceman from performing his military duties. See Manual for Courts-Martial, supra, §§ 126 g, h, k.
Whatever role an ad hoc judicial approach may have in some areas of the law, the Congress and the military are at least entitled to know with some certainty the allowable scope of court-martial jurisdiction. Otherwise, the infinite permutations of possibly relevant factors are bound to create confusion and proliferate litigation over the jurisdictional issue in each instance. Absolutely nothing in the language, history, or logic of the Constitution justifies this uneasy state of affairs which the Court has today created.
I would affirm the judgment of the Court of Appeals.
[ Footnote 1 ] This proviso was dropped in the Mutiny Act of 1721, 8 Geo. 1, c. 3, and court-martial jurisdiction over such offenses was thereafter limited by the articles of war to, inter alia, "Place[s] beyond the Seas . . . where there is no form of Our Civil Judicature in Force." F. Wiener, Civilians Under Military Justice 14 (1967).
[ Footnote 2 ] See 2 M. Farrand, The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, p. 330 (1911); 5 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution as Recommended by the General Convention at Philadelphia in 1787, p. 443 (1836).
[ Footnote 3 ] For example: The general orders of George Washington report the trial of soldiers for "killing a Cow . . ., stealing Fowls . . ., and stealing eleven Geese . . . ." 26 Writings of George Washington 73 (Bicent. ed.) (H. Q., Newburgh, January 28, 1783), and "for stealing a number of Shirts and blanketts out of the public store at Newburgh . . . ." Id., at 322 (H. Q., Newburgh, April 15, 1783). The Orderly Books of the Corps of Artillerists and Engineers report the court-martial of Sergeant Harris for "beating a Mr. Williams an inhabitant living near this garrison," Book 1, pp. 157-158 (West Point, October 5, 1795), and of Private Kelly for "abusing and using violence on Mrs. Cronkhyte, a citizen of the United States." Book 3, pp. 45-46 (West Point, July 5, 1796). Numerous other instances of military punishment for nonmilitary crimes during the period 1775-1815 are summarized in the appendix to the Brief for the United States 35-52.
[ Footnote 4 ] "All crimes, not capital, and all disorders and neglects, which officers and soldiers may be guilty of, to the prejudice of good order and military discipline, though not mentioned in the articles of war, are to be taken cognizance of by a general or regimental court-martial, according to the nature and degree of the offence, and be punished at their discretion." W. Winthrop, Military Law and Precedents 957 (2d ed. 1896, 1920 reprint).
[ Footnote 5 ] In 1916, Congress for the first time explicitly authorized peacetime court-martial jurisdiction for specific noncapital offenses. Article 93, Articles of War, 39 Stat. 664. It also revised the general article, renumbered Article 96, to read:
[ Footnote 6 ] On such a theory, for example, Congress could not have permissibly waited, as it did, until 1875, see Act of March 3, 1875, 1, 18 Stat. 470, to confer general federal-question jurisdiction on the district courts; the present-day exercise of this jurisdiction, see 28 U.S.C. 1331, would be unconstitutional.
[ Footnote 7 ] Statistical Abstract of The United States 257 (1968).
[ Footnote 8 ] R. Weigley, History of the United States Army 566 (1967).
[ Footnote 9 ] Congress may also assume the responsibility of protecting civilians from harms perpetrated by members of the armed forces. For the military is often responsible for bringing to a locality thousands of its personnel - whose numbers may be as great as, and sometimes exceed, the neighboring population - thereby imposing on the local law-enforcement agencies a burden which they may be unable to carry.
[ Footnote 10 ] Thus, at petitioner's presentence hearing, Captain Powell testified that "through proper rehabilitation, O'Callahan can make a good soldier," Record Transcript 61, and Major Turner testified:
[ Footnote 11 ] It is, to say the least, strange that as a constitutional matter the military is without authority to discipline an enlisted man for an offense that is punishable if committed by an officer. [395 U.S. 258, 285]