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Where in the UCMJ, NCO Guide, or Handbook for NCO's does it grant such authority? Since all three documents are public domain, if such wording exists, the claimant should be able to find it.
As a matter of fact, Article 90 of the UCMJ states that in war, "assaulting or willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer," gives the SUPERIOR OFFICER authority to execute a subordinate. Article 100 states, "if a subordinate compels surrender," the SUPERIOR OFFICER again has authority to execute the subordinate.
It doesn't have anything that specifically states NCO's have authority against officers. All the other Articles concerning battlefield execution (85, 94, 99, 101, 102, 104, 106, 110, 113, 118, and 120), apply to all soldiers regardless of rank, but generally implies punishment will be handed from top down.
What's the difference between this and The Starscream?
The Starscream could want to invoke this, but he might and will try to rise using other methods.
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