I hadn’t really scrutinized CAAF’s latest annual report until today. But, fortunately, Gene Fidell directed my attention to it. The report reflects an interesting trend: in FY 2006, the court-martial rate plummeted. In the Army, GCMs were down 9.2% from the previous year and BCD Specials were down 18.1% In the Department of the Navy (USMC and USN), GCMs were down a whopping 23% while SPCMs were down 19.3%. In the Air Force, GCMs were down 19.19% while SPCMs were down 11.99%. Only the Coast Guard reports an increase, indicating that its GCMs were up 42% and its SPCMs were up 31%. (Those numbers don’t appear to withstand scrutiny. The FY 2005 report says the Coast Guard tried 7 GCMs and 45 SPCMs that year. The FY 2006 report says the Coast Guard tried 16 GCMs and 32 SPCMs. So it looks like GCMs actually increased by an astounding 229% while SPCMs decreased by 29%. Can anyone explain the apparent disconnect?)
Here are the total numbers, throwing out the 6 non-BCD specials that the Army tried in 2006. (Those appear to be the only non-BCD specials tried by the entire U.S. military over a two-year period.)
Does anyone have a theory to explain such a sharp decline in the court-martial rate?