For the first time on this blog, we take a look at Air Force courts-martial results for September 2016. The Air Force posts results at:
Results are organized by forum and result. The other branches organize the data by circuit. We analyze the data collectively.
The Air Force reported 32 General and Special Courts in September. There were 5 acquittals. (15%). That number is desperate for some context.
The Air Force does not report whether a case was resolved through a guilty plea. It's critical information for policy makers to know the cost and extent of pleas in the military.
There were only 8 jury trials.
Air Force numbers are probably skewed relative to the other services. 16 cases were drug related. (50%). That's just ridiculous. Drug cases in other branches that would likely result in administrative separations are resulting in criminal convictions in the Air Force.
The numbers are really tough to analyze because of the quality of data. But, acquittals in 5 out of 8 jury trials is not bad. (62%).