Naval War College Review


The American involvement in Vietnam generated intense soul-searching, questioning, and argument among various segments of American society. In particular, the My Lai cases and other incidents focused public attention upon the existing system of military criminal law. 1 Many Americans, having little or no professional contact with the Armed Forces, were exposed to highly misleading and inaccurate generalizations and conceptualizations concerning a system that "is now a sophisticated system of justice. "2