The Trial Defense Service (TDS) provides conflict-free legal services to Soldiers who are facing adverse criminal or administrative actions at no cost to the Soldier. Unlike public defenders in civilian jurisdictions, there is no means test required to determine eligibility; all Soldiers are entitled to TDS representation by virtue of being subject to the UCMJ.
Any Soldier who is read a company or field grade Article 15 has an absolute right to consult with a defense attorney before deciding whether to accept the Article 15.
Soldiers suspected of offenses should be counseled on their right against self-incrimination.
Former members of the Regular Army, the Army Reserve & the Army National Guard may submit an application (DD Form 293) to the Army Discharge Review Board (ADRB).
Courts-martial in the United States are criminal trials conducted by the U.S. military.