Alaska National Guard calls for new military code

The Alaska National Guard is asking lawmakers to pass a new version of the state’s code of military justice to help fix a lack of accountability in the guard.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports Capt. Forrest Dunbar presented the latest version of the proposed code before lawmakers Tuesday.

Dunbar, who is leading efforts to get the bill approved, says the new code would create a “functioning system of military justice” for Alaska.

If the new code were to be implemented, it would replace a 60-year-old version.

The old military justice code only requires administrative penalties for offenses like insubordination or being drunk on duty.

The bill calls for jail time and dishonorable discharge for penalties such as writing a bad check and indecent exposure.