WHEREAS, Article IV, Section 6, Constitution of the State of Missouri, designates the Governor as the Commander-in-Chief of the military forces of the State; and

WHEREAS, Article III, Section 46, Constitution of the State of Missouri, provides that the General Assembly shall provide for the organization, equipment, regulations and functions of an adequate militia, and shall conform the same as nearly as practicable to the regulations of the government of the Armed Forces of the United States; and

WHEREAS, Title 32 United States Code, Sections 326 through 333 provides for a system of military justice for the National Guard not in Federal service, and allows for courts-martial constituted like similar courts of the Army and Air Force; and

WHEREAS, Chapter 40, Revised Statutes of Missouri, authorizes the Governor to prescribe regulations for the implementation and effectuation of the State Military Code of Justice.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN ASHCROFT, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, under the authority vested in me, hereby prescribe the following Manual for Courts-Martial to be designated as "Missouri Manual for Courts-Martial, 1986."

The Adjutant General shall cause this Manual to be reviewed annually and shall recommend to the Governor any appropriate amendments.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 22nd day of August, 1986.


[John Ashcroft's signature]


[Roy D. Blunt's signature]

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