The lessening of punishment imposed by a court-martial.
Mitigation is the lessening of punishment imposed by a court-martial or the furnishing of grounds for a
The court-martial has rendered a decision of not guilty.
If a court-martial has rendered a decision of not guilty on a prisoner who has been held in confinement during
the trial, the prisoner will be released on the date the acquittal was announced in open court (page 86).
The setting aside of the charges.
The remission of an offense is the setting aside of the charges or the sentence against an accused. Remission
differs from suspension in that once a sentence is remitted, the action is final and cannot be vacated at a later
date. Remission quite literally wipes the slate clean and no further punishment for the offense in question can
be imposed (page 82).
The approximate equivalent of probation.
Commanders, as designated by the Secretary of the Army, are empowered to suspend any part or amount of the
unexecuted portion of any sentence. Usually, the officer who has the immediate authority to convene a court of
the kind that adjudged the sentence in question is also empowered to suspend the unexecuted portion of a
sentence (page 82).