Most military law matters are not civil liberties issues. ACLU does not generally handle cases involving military law proceedings such as court-martial. Service members charged with acts such as going AWOL or desertion, or who simply want to get out of the service, should contact a military or civilian attorney.
Military personnel do not have as much freedom on the job as do most government employees. However, military personnel do not shed their constitutional rights upon enlistment. The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) is not supposed to be in conflict with the Bill of Rights or Constitution of the United States. Courts have held that basic constitutional rights are enforceable in the military.
ACLU-TN’s Military, Draft Registration and Veteran Rights Resource Sheet outlines free speech, due process, privacy rights, as well as draft registration and veterans’ rights for military personal, and provides national and statewide resources.