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“Defending Those Who Defend America”

USATDS provides specified defense counsel services for Army personnel, whenever required by law or regulation and authorized by The Judge Advocate General (TJAG) or TJAG’s designee.

Duties of USATDS:

Priority I

  1. Special and General Courts-Martial representation
  2. Article 32, UCMJ, representation; and
  3. Counseling of pretrial confinees

Priority II

  1. Counseling IAW Article 31/Miranda
  2. Counseling with regard to Summary Courts-Martial (SCM)
  3. Formal Article 15, UCMJ, counseling;
  4. Representation and counseling of officers recommended for elimination
  5. Counseling of officers desiring to submit a resignation in lieu of administrative elimination or Resignation for the Good of the Service Pending General Court-Martial
  6. Representation and counseling of enlisted Soldiers recommended for involuntary separation UP of AR 635-200
  7. Representation and counseling for reduction boards based on misconduct
  • Phone: 337-531-4343
  • Fax: 337-531-4568


Physical and Mailing Address: 1918 15th Street, Building 1946, Fort Polk, Louisiana 71459

(On 15th Street by the 1st MEB HQ, between Mississippi and Alabama)

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday at 0900-1130 and 1300-1700; Friday at 1300-1700. TDS will be closed Friday morning for office training.

Article 15 and Chapter Walk-ins: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 0900. You must be present NLT 0900 in order to be seen that day. You must be accompanied to the TDS office by an escort who must bring a copy of the original Article 15 or Chapter packet. Appointments will only be seen on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Do not waive your rights, consent to a search, or make a statement (oral or written) without consulting with a TDS attorney. ASK TO SEE A TDS LAWYER.


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