On Watch – MLTF Quarterly Journal

On Watch is MLTF’s quarterly military law journal and newsletter. Members and non-member subscribers receive each issue (in PDF format) as it is “published,” either by email or by accessing the member-only section of the website. Issues are made available to the general public on our web site about a month after that. Don’t delay reading the latest articles on military law practice and GI rights that are regular features of every On WatchJoin or subscribe here.

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Latest volume :

On-Watch Fall 2016, XXVII.3

  • New Military Transgender Policy
  • 2016 NLG Convention Report
  • GI Rights Network Conference 2016
  • Chelsea Manning Update



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Vol. XXVIII No. 1


on-watch-2016-fall XXVII.3

  • New Military Transgender Policy
  • 2016 NLG Convention Report
  • GI Rights Network Conference 2016
  • Chelsea Manning Update

On watch 2016 Spring XXVII.2

  • Trends in Conscientious Objector Cases
  • Hobby Lobby and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act: New Arguments for Military Conscientious Objectors?
  • Cushing v. Tetter: Still a Good Tool in the Box
  • It Is Time to Abolish Draft Registration and Restore Full Rights to People of Conscience

On watch 2016 Winter XXVII.1

  •  Women in Combat: A historical and political analysis of “change” in the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Military Sexual Assault Policy Updates
  • MLTF Resources on Military Sexual Violence
  • When the Mother’s Military Status Punishes the Child (FERES doctrine)
  • The Military after Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

2015 xxvi.1

  • Born in VietNam: MLTF History
  • DES Changes
  • Chelsea Manning Update
  • MLTF NLG Convention Preview

On Watch December 2014 xxv No. 4   (PDF)

  • Secularism the new face of CO
  • Adjustment disorder discharges
  • News & Notes
  • Op-Ed: Modernizing Nukes
  • 2014 NLG Convention Report
  • Stopping militarization of public schools

 On Watch September 2014 xxv No. 3 (PDF)

On Watch June, 2014 Vol. xxv No. 2 (PDF)

On Watch March 2014 xxv No.1

  • A Day with JROTC: Training ‘Gangsters for Capitalism’
  • Regional News
  • Under the Hood turns five with new board and projects
  • Military Law and the New NDAA
  • Senate blocks Gillibrand sexual assault bill
  • The truth about defense cuts
Onwatch XXIV.4 – December 2013 

Issue XXIV.3  – September 2013

XXIV.2 June 2013

Onwatch XXIV.1  March 2013


XXIII.4 December 2012

  • Advocacy to address sexual assault in the military
  • Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) update
  • Update on Bradley Manning trial
  • Counseling servicemembers in involuntary separations
  • Coffee Strong to become first worker center for servicemembers
  • MLTF news and notes
  • MLTF at 2012 NLG Convention

XXIII.3 September 2012

  • Representing members of the Armed Forces in Federal Court
  • Fifth Annual GI Rights Network Conference
  • Swords to Plowshares helps medic
  • Book Review: The Passion of Bradley Manning
  • Support actions at Obama campaign offices Sept. 6
  • MLTF events at 2012 NLG convention
  • MLTF launches online book store
  • MLTF news and notes

XXIII.2 June 2012

  • ‘Other Designated Physical and Mental Conditions’ Discharges
  • Disability evaluation process changes
  • Karen Detamore obituary
  • Ninth Circuit halts vets VA case
  • New On Watch feature assists digital reading
  • Save the date for NLG annual convention
  • MLTF news and notes

XXIII.1 March 2012

  • Analysis of new policies on sexual assault
  • PTSD suit settled, vets win benefits
  • GI Rights counselors seeing more CO applications
  • Bradley Manning update
  • DoD changes re dissent and protest
  • MLTF news and notes

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