Virtually every commentator and reporter on this story has displayed a striking lack of knowledge regarding the military justice system. There have been numerous expressions of incredulity that Alexis received an honorable discharge. What these folks fail to understand is that a dishonorable discharge is issued only as the result of a conviction by a court-martial for a specific criminal offense, and a "general, under honorable conditions" discharge is also usually the result of a specific serious infraction. Article 15 (non-judicial punishment) offenses such as those committed by Alexis normally have no bearing on the character of the discharge unless there is a determination made that the individual exhibits a clear pattern of unfitness for continued service - a determination that takes into account a number of factors, not merely disciplinary actions. Alexis may not have been a model sailor, but nothing reported in his military records would have earned him a dishonorable discharge.