Military judges were granted the power to authorize searches on 15 December 1971.
Federal magistrates have powers similar to military judges, but are limited in area
and authority by their respective district court.
Searches with a Warrant.
A search warrant is a written order issued by legal
It is directed to an authorized person, commanding him to search the
person or place described in the warrant.
In the United States, the person issuing a search warrant must be a duly authorized
federal, state, or municipal civil officer.
On a military installation, military judges, military magistrates, and commanders
may issue warrants within the limits of their jurisdiction.
This authority to
authorize a search does not extend beyond the military installation. Warrants for
searches outside a military installation are issued by civilian judges.
police do not execute such a warrant, but when directed, may accompany civil police
executing such a warrant.
Degrees of Force.