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Below are our back issues of On Watch — those that are available in digital form.

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2020 | Volume 31

  • Limits of the Illegal Orders Defense and Possible Alternative Protections Under Military Law
  • DoD Covid-19 Policy Changes
  • New DoD Military Equal Opportunity Instruction and How to Use It Effectively
  • Recognizing and Challenging Racism Within the Military – Trump Strikes Back
  • What’s in Store for the Armed Forces Under President Biden?
  • Time to Act Against Selective Service Registration
  • Transgender Ban Update
  • NLG Convention Report

2019 | Volume 30

2018 | Volume 29

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

2017 | Volume 28

  • Veterans and the Trump Resistance
  • DoD Updates Instruction on Conscientious Objection
  • Updated MLTF Guide to Challenging Military Sexual Violence
  • MLTF Update on Transgender Service Ban
  • Guidance on Servicemember Dissent
  • On Watch 40 Year Retrospective
  • Concerns About Ken Burns PBS Vietnam War Series
  • Book Review: Dangerous Grounds
  • NLG Convention Report
  • 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

2016 | Volume 27

  • New Military Transgender Policy
  • 2016 NLG Convention Report
  • GI Rights Network Conference 2016
  • Chelsea Manning Update
  • 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
  •  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 | Volume 26

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



On Watch 25.4 Dec 2014

  • 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 25.3 Sept 2014

On Watch 25.2 Jun 2014

On Watch 25.1 Mar 2014

  • 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

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On Watch 23.4 Dec 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

On Watch 23.3 Sept 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

On Watch 23.2 Jun 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

On Watch 23.1 Mar 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

On Watch 22.4 Dec 2011

  • 2011 convention highlights Guild involvement in new global activism

On Watch 22.3 Sept 2011

  • Counter-recruitment and School Demilitarization

On Watch 22.2, June 2011

  • Building the Campaign to Defend GI Resisters

On Watch 22.1, Mar 2011

  • Federal Court Decisions in Conscientious Objector Cases Since the Iraq War

On Watch 21.4 Fall 2010

  • ‘Lock & Load’ Before Discharge or, How to Protect One’s Future Rights Before or Upon Discharge From the Military

On Watch 21.3 Summer 2010

  • PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and Other than Honorable Discharges

On Watch 21.2 Spring 2010

  • Don’t Ask Don’t Tell – It Comes Down To Integrity

On Watch 21.1 Winter 2010

  • MLTF members defend soldiers against heavy-handed Army tactics

On Watch 20.4 Summer 2009

  • Administrative Separation / Discharge Board Tactics

On Watch 20.3 Winter 2009

  • AWOL from the Army, Version 2

On Watch 20.2 Spring 2008

  • Military’s Proffered Protections to Victims Outsourcing Illegal of Sexual Assault Laced With Loopholes

On Watch 20.1 Winter 2008

  • Representing Service Members In Involuntary Discharge Proceedings

On Watch 19.5 Sep 2007

  • VA Claims: An Overview

On Watch 19.4 Jul 2007

  • Service Members Can Protect Themselves Against Punitive Mental Health Evaluations

On Watch 19.3 May 2007

  • Anti-Base Conference in Ecuador Highlights Strength of Demilitarization Movement

On Watch 19.2 Feb 2007

  • Doing Your First Court-Martial: A Progressive Lawyer’s Dive into the Belly of the Beast

On Watch 19.1 Jan 2007

  • Army Officer Watada Takes A Stand Against an Unjust War in Iraq
2006 ...

On Watch 18.3 Winter 2004

  • Military Psychiatric Policies

On Watch 18.2 Spring 2003

  • Checklists for Discharge Counseling

On Watch 18.1 Winter 2003

  • Stop Loss Orders