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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Download “MLTF On Watch Summer 2019 Vol. 30 No. 2” MLTF-OnWatch-xxx.2-Summer-2019.pdf – Downloaded 59 times – 640 KB

Vol. 30 No. 2

  • Military Equal Opportunity Policy - Air Force Regulations
  • Department Of Defense Report On Military Sexual Assault
  • Transgender Ban Update
  • Ex-Director of Selective Service Calls for End to Draft Registration
  • 2019 GI Rights Network Conference Report
  • Obituary: Kit Anderton


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Download “MLTF On Watch Summer 2019 Vol. 30 No. 2” MLTF-OnWatch-xxx.2-Summer-2019.pdf – Downloaded 59 times – 640 KB

Vol. 30 No. 2

  • Military Equal Opportunity Policy - Air Force Regulations
  • Department Of Defense Report On Military Sexual Assault
  • Transgender Ban Update
  • Ex-Director of Selective Service Calls for End to Draft Registration
  • 2019 GI Rights Network Conference Report
  • Obituary: Kit Anderton

Download “MLTF On Watch Spring 2019 Vol. 30 No. 1” MLTF-OnWatch-30.1-Spring-2019.pdf – Downloaded 42 times – 556 KB

Vol. XXX, No. 1


  • The End of Male-Only Draft Registration
  • "A Modern-Day Draft, If Marketed Carefully and Cleverly …"
  • C.O. Registry Set Up Ahead of Expected Draft Registration Changes
  • When Reservists Live Distant from Their Unit
  • Transgender Ban Update

Download “MLTF On Watch Winter 2018 Vol. 29 No. 4” MLTF-OnWatch-Winter-2018.pdf – Downloaded 124 times – 807 KB

Volume XXIX, Vol 4


  • Deployed to the Border: A Test of Conscience for Service Members
  • Military Equal Opportunity Policies
  • New Navy Policy on 'Other Designated Physical and Mental Conditions'
  • Army Captain Under Scrutiny for Tweeting Facts About U.S. Military
  • Update on Military Transgender Policy
  • Report from 2018 NLG Convention in Portland
  • Member News

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Volume XXIX, Vol 3


  • Rescuing 17 Year Olds from Military Enlistment Contracts
  • NNOMY Counter-Recruitment Summit Report
  • Report on Selective Service Commission Hearings: Chicago
  • Personnel Provisions of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act
  • Thinking About MLTF's Future
  • Members' Thoughts on MLTF Future Priorities

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Volume XXIX, Vol 2


  • Understanding And Dealing With Defenses, Mitigation, Extenuation And Aggravation For US Military Absence Offenses - Part 2
  • Opportunity For Increased Discharge Review Fairness And Transparency Under Review Board Supplemental Guidance
  • Commission On Selective Service Holds Hearings
  • Transgender Service Ban - Continuing Attempts To Discriminate
  • Report: Gi Rights Network Annual Meeting
  • Opinion: Use Of The Military In The Age Of Trump
  • Obituary: Jeffrey Segal

Download “MLTF On Watch Spring 2018 Vol. 29 No. 1” MLTF-OnWatch-Spring-2018-xxix.pdf – Downloaded 288 times – 583 KB

Volume 29, Issue 1


  • Understanding and Dealing with Defenses, Mitigation, Extenuation And Aggravation for US Military Absence Offenses - Part 1
  • New Military Policy on Harassment
  • Countering Military Recruitment
  • Using Social Media in the Military
  • Update on Military Transgender Policy
  • Personnel Provisions of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act
  • The Vital Congressional Hearing on the Endless War That Probably Nobody Watched

On Watch xxvii-2 | Summer 2017

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MLTF OnWatch Spring 2017 xxvii-1

  • What Does a Trump Administration Mean for the GI Rights Advocacy Community?
  • 2017 National Defense Authorization Act Personnel Provisions
  • The Injustices of Manning’s Ordeal
  • Book Review: Court-Martial: How Military Justice Has Shaped America
  • Announcements

On-Watch Fall 2016, 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

There was a numbering error on 2009 issues. 2008 and 2009 issues were published as one volume, with two issues published each year.  

Onwatch_xx-4, Summer 2009

Onwatch_xx-3, January/February 2009

On Watch publishing history

The newsletter was first published in July, 1977, carrying articles on military law and commentary on military policy. It continued as a monthly, bi-monthly and occasionally annual publication through November, 1996, when it went into a hiatus until the beginning of the war in Iraq. We published three issues in 2003 and 2004 before another pause, and then resumed production in 2007. The subsequent publishing schedule has been sometimes erratic (as with most volunteer organizations), multiple issues have been published each year since, except for 2015 when only one issue was produced.