Discipline Procedures

General

The Bermuda Regiment as a military organization requires high standards of conduct and discipline. At all times you are required to abide by both military and civil law. As a solider your are expected to understand your service obligations and carry out your duties to the best of your abilities. While you do not require in-depth knowledge of military law, you are to be aware of the offences for which you can be charged and you must avoid committing them.

Being Charged

If there are reasonable grounds indicating that you have committed an offence, a Junior Non-Commissioned Officer or above will verbally inform you that you are being charged. Depending on the nature of the charge you may be remanded in the guardhouse. A Charge Sheet will be prepared which will state the offence and provide the circumstances of the alleged offence and details of evidence and witnesses.

Company Commander’s Orders

At the end of each training session your Company Commander (OC) will hear orders. Persons on charge will be marched in by the Company Sergeant Major, accompanied by a member of the Regimental Police. The OC will ask the person being charged to confirm their name, rank and Regimental Number. He will then read out the charge, confirm that it is understood and ask for a plea of guilty or not guilty. After reviewing evidence, hearing witnesses and deliberating, the OC will assess whether the charge has been proved. If guilty, the OC will then meet out appropriate consequences, including admonishment (warning), monetary fines up to seven days’ pay (Note: all fines to be paid within 7 days), extra duties, and in the case of embodiments, confinement to barracks. Where the OC determines that his powers are insufficient, he will refer the person being charged for the Commanding Officer.

Commanding Officer's Orders

The procedures for Commanding Officer's (CO) orders are similar to those at Company level, yet the charges are heard by the CO in the presence of the RSM and Adjutant. The COs powers are greater when it comes to assessing consequences and persons found guilty may be fined up to 28 days’ pay, confined in the guard room, given extra duties, and, in the case of long-term absenteeism, be remanded to Magistrates Court

Magistrates’ Court

The CO may refer serious matters such as recurring absenteeism to Magistrates' Court. At this level, custodial sentences up to 3 months and other punishments may be awarded.