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The Elston Act (1948)

In 1948, the United States Congress passed the statute commonly known as the Elston Act, which was a comprehensive revision of the Articles of War and which also served as the precursor to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. (Act of June 24, 1948, ch. 625, tit. II, § 203, 62 Stat. 604, 628.) The full text of H.Rep.No. 80-1034, which is the report that accompanied the Elston Act, is linked below. Other related documents also linked below include statements by the Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson and General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, and various full committee and subcommittee hearings.

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The Elston Act

 

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