Illegitimate Children and Military Benefits
JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL'S SCHOOL CHARLOTTESVILE VA
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This thesis examines the constitutionality of military benefit statutes and regulations as they relate to illegitimate children. The thesis begins by briefly describing the history of illegitimacy and its nature and proportions today. It then sets out the Supreme Courts equal protection analysis for laws that discriminate on the basis of legitimacy. The next section describes the requirements illegitimate children and their parents must meet to be eligible for various military benefits. Finally, the thesis examines those requirements in light of the Supreme Courts analytic framework, followed by recommendations for appropriate changes in the laws and regulations governing military benefits. The author concludes that these statutes and regulations unfairly discriminate against illegitimate children and their parents and recommends changes.
- Sociology and Law
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations