Military Defense Attorneys not Provided until after Charges are Preferred
Even though the government has a team of people working build a criminal case accused service members in jail. The military has a standing policy that service members who are under investigation are not detailed a military lawyer until after charges have been preferred against them. This puts the service member at a monumental disadvantage when defending their case. If the system was designed to be fair and just, the military would ensure that a service member who is under investigation has a defense attorney who is representing his or her interests, ensuring that all exculpatory evidence was obtained and keeping law enforcement honest. By the time an accused has charges preferred against them, he or she is likely already behind the proverbial eight-ball; a "confession" may have been taken, exculpatory evidence lost, witnesses gone, and the command has become too personally invested in the case to drop it.