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Military Law: Juntas vs Dictatorships


Military laws are incredibly complex. In today’s political climate it can be hard to know what is real and what isn’t. Hard to see which side is right and which is wrong. Today we take a look at two types of military law juntas and dictatorships. This article should help you realize just how nice we have it in the U.S.

Military Laws: Juntas

The term Junta tends to refer to a military faction that has taken control of a country. While they might have someone who leads them, the military is under control, as an entity. A great example of a junta is Myanmar. For decades it was under military rule, which meant curfews and inspections at the army’s will. Because they had such a stranglehold on the country, they were able to arrest people for something as small as having a video camera. They also had little to no concern for personal opinions and frequently arrested those who opposed the regime. These are examples of a rule that means a small concentrated group is calling the shots. There is no single ruler, just a small group of high ranking officers who think they know how to run a country. They think that guiding an army means they know what is best for the country and in these cases, they tend to be wrong.

Military Laws: Dictatorships

In dictatorships a person takes over control of the government. This one person will usually have the backing of an army and some political officials. They need enough people to take the entire government without retaliation and this is where their military force comes in. This is why it tends to be confused with a junta regime. We are more familiar with dictatorships than juntas. People like Hitler and Saddam don’t need a lot of explanation or background. However, countries at the mercy of juntas are a little less known. There aren’t a lot of Americans that can even name one. But, dictators tend to be infamous. These are people who prey on people looking for a hero and position them as such. They tend to say they are one of the people and that gives them the insight to help the people. This is something they position as a member of the community rising up to solve the community’s problems. And this is never the case.

The United States

Luckily for us, our military serves our democracy. There is no dictatorship or juntas here. Our brave men and women in the military keep us and our rights safe from groups like the ones above. Our military has their own code of conduct and laws they must live by that prevent these types of governments from taking control.

Military Laws: The Difference

The control is where the difference lies. Who has the control and how much control they have is always the determining factor of a rule. And in these cases, we think of them as bad situations. Sometimes people in these countries are too full of hope to think they are wrong. They are in bad situations and think that the military will fix it or someone who says they know how can. And from the outside, it seems like they should know better. But, we live in a country that gives us the luxury to judge and wonder how it happens. When you live in a country with more problems than you can deal with, you want to believe that someone can fix them all. And that hope is the stepping stone to the rule of a dictatorship or junta.

Even in the smaller things, military law is very complicated. Knowing civilian law means very little in the military world since there are similarities but they tend to be strictly similar. While some of the terminologies might be different, what that terminology entails and how it resounds with the law is very different. This is because the Uniform Code of Military Justice was always meant to be its own system. Members of the military are meant to be held to a higher standard and a more strict conduct. That is why they answer to both civilian and military laws.