Charges were just preferred. Now they have to get it onto the docket for trial, estimated wait of 4-5 months. For more information, the investigation has been ongoing since July. This was one of the quicker ones, according to the investigator, because he incriminated himself with statements. The reason both the investigation and court martial are taking so long is because our system is overburdened. We have not the personnel to handle the number of trials that come out. Unlike civilian criminal courts, our attorneys are not specialized into different areas, nor our courts. We don't have family court, sexual assault courts, none of those. Not only that, our attorneys are also busy advising commanders at all levels on a bunch of other stuff not criminal in nature: property investigations, administrative punishments, money handling, and a host of other issues. I personally keep Legal on speed dial for those many times when I'm not entirely clear what im legally allowed to do as a Commader. So, just something people should be aware of. The military legal system is probably smaller than it needs to be and a concerted effort should be made to get it expanded and increase the number of paralegals and attorneys at every level.