Republican Reps. Ryan Zinke (Mont.), a retired Navy SEAL commander, and Ron DeSantis (Fla.), a former Navy lawyer, are introducing legislation on Monday that would allow military lawyers to specialize in litigation.
Zinke and DeSantis plan to introduce the legislation as a standalone bill, but also plan to propose it as an amendment to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act when the House takes it up on the floor on Tuesday.
The legislation would allow a selective group of military lawyers in the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps to become career courtroom litigators in criminal law. The Navy already allows it.
“It is critical to ensuring that the United States continues to the preeminent military force in the world,” Zinke and DeSantis said in a letter to colleagues.