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More-Effective, Humane Ways to Punish Military Prisoners

Updated on January 15, 2015
You can "bet your bottom dollar," the M.P.'s (military police) are always around to take care of soldiers who are drunk or causing trouble
You can "bet your bottom dollar," the M.P.'s (military police) are always around to take care of soldiers who are drunk or causing trouble
Being put on "K.P.," was one way to punish soldiers who caused trouble
Being put on "K.P.," was one way to punish soldiers who caused trouble


Do you remember the hub I wrote about, “Things Not to Say While in a Police Interrogation?” I did that one because, in all truthfulness, police interrogations are very tough. They have to be tough enough and well-within the legal boundaries to gather necessary information to solve serious crimes. Although I applaud the police for their dedicated efforts, I personally, have no desire whatsoever to be interrogated by the local police, state authorities, the F.B.I. and C.I.A.

But there is one government institute that rates “excellent” and wins the blue ribbon every time when it comes to interrogation. Just the thought of being jailed and interrogated by this organization can put chills on the spine of those who are in its membership. I need to tell you who I am talking about: The U.S. Army, that’s who. I had to tell you because I need to move on.

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Ralph Meeker starred as Sgt. Steve Dekker, U.S. Army provost sergeant stationed in Honolulu, working for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Division.

Dekker's job was to first, investigate criminal complaints placed against military personnel and make sure that the soldiers were really guilty or not of committing the crime they were accused of.

In short, Dekker wanted to stand-in for the accused soldier so he, the soldier would get a fair shake.


The Army does not play games with soldiers who cause unneeded trouble for civilians, other soldiers, communities, the police and other authorities, innocent citizens and political figures. The Army does not discriminate against these “slackers” in uniform who think they can just “skate” through training and do as they please. These “bums” are to do their best at every level the Army gives them to be better soldiers to be able to help defend our allied countries as well as our own country.

“Slackers” who cause trouble in or outside an Army base can expect treatment without “kid gloves.” They are treated like the criminals that they are. They get arrested by muscular M.P.’s, jailed, then interrogated. And if found guilty by a J.A.G. (Judge Advocate General) court, they are sent back to jail for a said time and they will serve every day of the pronounced sentence.

But this is a new day with new ways to do things with little or no harm to anyone. I am going on record to say that the conventional way that the U.S. Army has been dealing with troublemakers, hard-heads, loud mouths, and “booze hounds,” does not work effectively. The punishments are not stern enough. Although I am guessing, I tghink I have struck a nerve here. For I have found some ways of punishing those in uniform who find themselves in jail serving a sentence that was designed to straighten them out that WILL work. I entitle this work:

More-Effective, Humane Ways to Punish Military Prisoners

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A closer look at peeling potatoes on "K.P."
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An even closer look at peeling potatoes by a soldier on "K.P."
An even closer look at peeling potatoes by a soldier on "K.P."
U.S. Marines arrest an Iraqui citizen for causing trouble in public
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Do you believe that the current style of punishment for military prisoners is too tough?

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  • Force the criminal soldier to sit in his air-conditioned barracks and read his favorite comic books.
  • Serve the offending "G.I. Joe," his choice of Ribeye or T-bone steak or Maine Lobster and other delicacies for his meals.
  • If the troublemaker-soldier has a hot girlfriend, she is allowed to spend time with him to cause him to think in the right way and just see what he will lose if he continues his wayward ways.
  • Serve the guilty soldier his choice of any tasty dessert from any country in the world. It is tough thinking (on a full stomach) about what trouble you will cause when you get out of jail when all you want to do is sleep.
  • The guilty soldier can serve his sentence by watching his favorite television shows or all of the hit movies that Hollywood releases.
  • Absolutely no handcuffs, shackles or jailhouse bars for the condemned soldier. No sir. This old-outdated fashion of punishment is obsolete.
  • The soldier serving his sentence must be able to move about inside and out of his barracks to get healthy exercise and fresh air which will lead to him doing better when released.
  • All-pro wide receiver, for the Detroit Lions, Calvin "Megatron" Johnson, is the chosen-pro-athlete to come visit the soldier prisoner to keep his spirits high. Other celebrities to peform such duties are: Jessica Alba; Clint Eastwood; Nora Jones and David Letterman.
  • The military prisoner will receive FREE ringside tickets to the Manny Pacquiao verses Floyd "Money" Mayweather, Jr., fight coming up in May 2015. As a psychological-bonus, the Army prisoner can take up to six other Army prisoners to the fight as his guests. All expenses paid by the Army.
  • The prisoner will be expected to get at least ten hours of sleep per day.
  • The Army prisoner will not be forced to confess to anyone who was helping him wreck the bar he was in and steal two diesel trucks that were sitting on a carlot for display.
  • The Army prisoner will be provided a brand new Corvette convertible to take out on rides anytime he chooses. This is probably THE roughest form of punishment the prisoner can receive and to make it even more harsher, the prisoner is to bring himself back to his barracks at sundown.
  • The military prisoner will be let out for two weeks at Christmas, New Year's, Fourth of July, and depending on lenfth of his sentence, he will be eligible for a two-week personal vacation, all expenses paid by the Federal Government,
  • Each year when Americans file their Federal Income Tax, each American will send this Army prisoner a check for $1,000.00. to help make his prison-stay easier to bear.
  • Two times each month, the soldier prisoner will be allowed to go to the nearest town and buy himself four new suits of clothing at the local men's clothing store all paid for by the U.S. Army. The Army's thinkng is: "A well-dressed soldier prisoner will be more apt to be rehabilitated at a faster rate than a soldier prisoner who is just tossed into a cold, rank jell cell.
  • At the end of the Army prisoner's sentence, he will be given a choice of going home and coming back to re-enlist anytime he wishes or just go home for good plus he will be given $20,000.00 to help him start his life over.

I doubt that any hardened-military prisoner could withstand "this" punishment.


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear annart,

      Thank you lots for your comment.

      I have to respect your way of dealing with military prisoners. Sounds like a good system to me.

      Ann, have a safe night and come back anytime you like.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Thank you, good friend, for your comment. I appreciate your input so much. Each time I answer hubs, I always look for your name.

      God bless you.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      What you said in your comment about undocumented people is a low-down disgrace and shame.

      I wonder sometimes if our government leaders are afraid to say NO to the people who they coddle?

      I am not wanting to get started-up for my blood pressure needs to remain low.

      Thanks for leaving me this comment. Visit me anytime.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Abby,

      Aweee, that is so sweet. My sincere thanks to you. That makes me smile. And I am so glad that these hubs makes you laugh and smile.

      Thank you, Heavenly Father, for All of My Sweet Followers.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, MizBejabbers,

      I find that, what you said about our soldiers having to get permission to fight back, very asinine. Whoever thought this up is in need of professional help. It is grossly-unfair.

      Thanks for you sharing this and reading this hub.

      Take care and come back anytime.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Dana,

      You are right. Military prisoners are judged and jailed by their own. Time was, I was told that a military court and jail was twice as rough as a civilian system. But now with political-correctness, I do not know.

      But Dana, thanks for making me feel good.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Marie,

      Thank you for your comment on this piece of comedy work.

      I think if women ruled the world, things would be smoother. I have no problem listening to a woman president or whatever job she has.

      Thanks too for your compliment about this being nice writing. I feed off of the comments of my Fine Followers.

      Please come back and visit anytime.

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      Marie Flint 

      3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      I didn't recognize Ralph Meeker, nor did I remember his name. One program, though, looked like it might have been Bonanza. He seemed to be a very versatile actor, and not bad-looking, either. I guess I just didn't watch many military-based movies or television shows.

      Frankly, I'm not sure what to do about any offender--military or civilian, though I would suspect that the military has to be stricter in their enforcement of rules and regulations or discharge the offender dishonorably, depending upon the offense.

      Ideally, we would be a peaceful society, a forgiving society, with omniscient and omnipresent, correct instruction based upon the Divine Law of return; that is, what you put out is exactly what you get back, only ten-fold.

      When instruction is correct, everything falls into place. The instruction, though, has to be based on wisdom and love, not just power.

      Nice writing, very conversational, and I found your "solutions" amusing. Who knows what placation and kindness would do to the deviants of rules until the method is tried for many years.

      Also, I often wondered what the world would be like if only women ruled in government, or at least a majority of the positions of leadership were held by women. Perhaps that's another topic for a future hub, Ken.

      Thanks for the read!

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      3 years ago from Hawaii

      This was a nice read, Kenneth.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      Well, that would never happen in Britain! We don't know the meaning of tough - education, tv, sports training and rehabilitation are all they get.


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      Judy Specht 

      3 years ago from California

      This sounds like the treatment of undocumented people in California. Only they get free or greatly reduced tuition to the best schools in the state too. :)

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      Dr Abby Campbell 

      3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      You make me smile, Ken. I need a good laugh now and again. Thank you for always accomplishing that for me. :-)

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      3 years ago from Beautiful South

      I'm glad I know that you're just being factious. I've been told, but I don't know this to be truth, that our U.S. soldiers have to radio to get a J.A.G.'s permission to fire back when they are under fire. Now that's being overprotective of ISIS and Al Qaeda.

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      Dana Tate 

      3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Never knew much about being disciplined in the military except that they are disciplined by their own and not regular law enforcement. Great read.


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