Figure 5-11.-Sample NJP appeal.
to deduce the appropriate ground implied in the letter.
him or her to relief. The offender should avoid un-
Unartful craftsmanship or draftsmanship or improper
addressees or other administrative irregularities are not
grounds for refusing to send the appeal to the reviewing
authority. If you note any administrative mistakes, if
material, correct them in the endorsement that sends the
appeal. Thus, if an accused does not address his or her
letter to all appropriate commanders in the chain of
command, just readdress and send the appeal to the
proper authority. Do not send the appeal back to the
accused for redrafting since the appeal should be sent
promptly to the reviewing authority.
The appellants letter begins the review process and
is a quasi-legal document. It should be temperate and
state the facts and opinions the accused believes entitles
founded allegations on the character or personality of
the officer imposing punishment. See Article 1108, U.S.
Navy Regulations, 1990. The accused, however, should
state the reasons for his or her appeal as clearly as
possible. Supporting documentation in the form of
statements of other persons or personnel records may
be submitted if the accused desires. In no case is the
failure of the accused to do these things a lawful reason
for refusing to process the appeal. Finally, should the
accused desire that his or her restraint punishment or
extra duties be stayed pending the appeal, he or she
should specifically request this in the letter. Refer to
figure 5-11 for a sample of an accuseds letter of appeal.