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ISAF photo / MC2 Eliezer Gabriel

Afghan soldiers put their right hands on the Koran as they take their oaths as members of their nation's fledgling military force.

The U.S. military calls it “NJP” – non-judicial punishment. Civilians might liken it to a slap on the wrist, but it generally marks the end of the military career of anyone subject to it.

On Monday, the Pentagon announced that soldiers involved in the burning of the Koran – stupid – would be subject to NJP. The Marines videotaped urinating on Taliban corpses – vile – also got NJP:

– The Army said four officers and a pair of enlisted soldiers got letters-of-reprimand for letting Korans be tossed into a burn pit at Bagram air base in February.

– The Marines said three of their own who showed up on a videotape in January urinating on Taliban corpses also had received NJP, which can include a formal reprimand, a reduction in rank, or being restricted to base.

The services declined to release the names of those involved, saying their punishment was merely administrative in nature.

Americans can be proud that after a decade of war such cases are so rare.

8 comments
juliebob56
juliebob56

Marine Corps, charged with a DWI, off base, case was dismissed due to lack of evidence. In the meantime USMC gave a NJP and lowered rank. Can one come back to reverse this? Is this a career ender?

Kevin Brent
Kevin Brent

So, when will there be an NJP on the ones who gave the order to burn Bibles in Afghanistan so we wouldn't offend the enemy. Bet we never see Herr Doktor von Thompson write about that.

Andy Wisniewski
Andy Wisniewski

NJPs are not rare at all, nor do they spell the end of ones career, not by a long shot

mahboob_1948
mahboob_1948

Burning Books and pissing on corpses are two different things.Mongols after victory love to destroy libraries in places of conquest.Never heard of soldiers pissing on corpses.It is sickening.Like gratifying sexual urges on corpses.

mahboob_1948
mahboob_1948

These people who piss on corpses are equal to people that have sex with the dead.They are sick.Burning books is something else.In ancient days  occupiers of civilizations would like to burn books like the Mongols did in ancient Alexendria.

anonguest7619
anonguest7619

 depends on the rank of the individual receiving the punishment. An Article 15 for an E-3=minor speedbump. For a an NCO or an officer (especially during the drawdown), it's a career ender.

Andy Wisniewski
Andy Wisniewski

Holy ignorant, read some about the South Pacific campaign in WWII and find out what American soldiers routinely did to the dead. War is an ugly thing.

 "It is well that war is so terrible or else we should grow to fond of it" RE Lee

The_Gull
The_Gull

 No it's not like sexual gratification at all. It's the ultimate insult, much like spitting on someone. Highly inappropriate, of course, but after months of seeing ones friends and comrades killed and maimed as they have, one might see it for what it is. And it is far easier on a corpse than being dragged through the streets behind a beat-up mini-pickup truck. And burning books, as you have implied, has been surpassed when burning religious books of people so impressed with them. There's an extra impetus that surpassed a Fahrenheit 451 analogy. But they burn Bibles so I suppose it's a wash.

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