McKee said there are approximately 1.2 million soldiers in active duty over the five armed forces in the country, and the JAG Legal Center & School helps all of them.
McKee knows firsthand about long deployments. During his 17 year Army career, he has served two tours in Iraq, and has been deployed to multiple locations such as Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo and Turkey.
McKee said JAG has about 1200 lawyers in the army alone, plus 1500 civilian attorneys, 800 paralegals, and 100 court reporters. It's an entire justice system.
"Military justice is basically good order and discipline," he said. "That's where we court martial or give Article 15s to soldiers. A lot of countries, they take their soldiers and put them through the civilian courts. In the US Army, we don't do that. What we do is we put them through the military court systems, we have our court of appeals, and then we have several courts of appeals, but our last court of appeals has civilians and military members on it."
The next speaker at the Cazenovia Forum is Peter Bergen, a national security analyst for CNN, well-known author, and one of the only western reporters to interview Osama Bin Laden. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Catherine Cummings Theatre.
Katie Gleitsmann is a junior at Utica College. She is a journalism major.