Charges against Army officer refusing deployment to Iraq
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On Tuesday, June 22, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren K. Watada reported for duty and refused orders to deploy to Iraq. In so doing, Watada became the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse deployment to Iraq.
Watada was formally charged with three articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice: missing movement (Article 87), two counts of contempt towards officials (Article 88), and three counts of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman (Article 133).
If convicted, Watada could face up to 7 years in prison.