To secure a conviction and build a solid resume, military prosecutors often resort to extortion tactics. How? Well, it is simple. They overload charges to paint a menacing picture. For example: if a service member is accused of pushing another soldier, the prosecutor will charge the soldier with 'Pushing, assault with the intent to maim, failure to follow orders, disrespect to a non-commissioned officer,' failure to obey regulations, and any other charge they could find to place on the ballot. From there, they calculate the sentence for each charge, which could end up being a maximum sentence of twelve years. From there, they take the isolated servicemember who they have left, ignored what is happening, and offer them a plea. If you plead guilty to pushing and assault, all other charges will be dropped. If not, we will charge you with all, and if convicted, you could get twelve years. What you think a frightened, isolated servicemember with an overworked TDS attorney will do?