No lawyer can predict the outcome of a court-martial, or advise you whether you should accept the Article 15 based on so little info. But it sounds like you are admitting you did forget your keys, in which case you will likely be convicted at court-martial. But go to TDS and go through all of the facts with a TDS lawyer.
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Difficult situation. Sounds like they may be able to convict you on something. And then you have a federal conviction. But there may be some issues that would encourage the command to back off. As Mr. Cassara says, go talk with a TDS attorney.
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There's not enough information here to properly assess your case and you should not disclose more in a public forum such as this. Sounds like you're being accused of dereliction of duty, which is an offense under the UCMJ. The government would have to prove in such a case that you in fact had a duty to account for the key, that you knew of that duty, and that through wilfulness, neglect or culpable inefficiency you were derelict in the performance of that duty. Recommend you talk to a TDS attorney before making any decisions.
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