Senior Officer Legal Orientation Course
This course acquaints senior Army officers in, or selected for, command with the legal responsibilities and issues commonly faced by installation, brigade combat team, and battalion commanders, and by those commanders assuming special court-martial convening authority. Administrative and civil law topics include labor-management relations; law of federal employment; equal employment opportunity; adverse administrative actions; administrative investigations; legal assistance; retirement considerations and survivor benefits; administrative remedies; family law;;;; consumer law; medical disability separations and veterans benefits; command authority; transgender policy; government information practices; standards of conduct; and handling of sexual harassment complaints. Criminal law topics include an overview of the military justice system, search and seizure, , nonjudicial punishment, unlawful command influence, improper senior-subordinate relationships and fraternization; sentencing and corrections, digital media and the law; and the Sexual Assault Prevention & Response program. The instruction emphasizes the options and responsibilities of convening authorities before and after trial in military justice matters, including theories and effects of sentencing. International and operational law topics include responsibilities of command and staff under the law of war and national implementing policy, rules of engagement, international agreements, cyber law, and international human rights law. Contract and fiscal law topics include an overview of fiscal law with an emphasis on current issues affecting commanders; contract law; procurement fraud; and funding issues for military operations.