The Code: S01.E06 “1ST Civ Div”

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This series explores both the professional and personal lives of military legal personnel. These people, both prosecutors and defense lawyers, are proficient attorneys. They understand the practical application of the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice).

Brief Episode Synopsis: “1ST Civ Div”

Captain John ‘Abe’ Abraham (Luke Mitchell) and Lieutenant Harper Li (Phillipa Soo) attempt to track down a website owner who is inciting Marines to commit violent acts and expose civilians which are apparently publicly presenting themselves as serving members of the Corps. Further, Abe’s relationship with Alex Hunt (Justine Cotsonas) becomes increasingly complicated.

Meanwhile, Warrant Officer Rami Ahmadi (Raffi Barsoumian) faces a crisis of conscience when he and his wife, Nazil Ahmadi (Shazi Raja), go for their citizenship test.

Elsewhere, Colonel Eisa Turnbull (Mira Sorvino) anxiously awaits word on her son’s status after she approves an overseas airstrike.

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SPOILER WARNING: Before reading beyond this point, watch the latest episode of The Code because there are spoilers ahead.

There is trouble ahead for Rami. An aspect of the series many viewers appreciate is its commitment to character development. While much of the first five episodes have revolved around the attorneys, it was time we learned more about everyone’s favourite warrant officer. We finally got to know more about Rami and his background.

In focusing on Rami, we got to see a different side to the character. This is a decent human being. He sees a woman in emotional pain because of how her husband is being treated. Consequently, Rami cannot stand on the sidelines.

Screen Capture: Raffi Barsoumian and Joe Carroll as Warrant Officer Rami Ahmadi and Lance Cpl. Gary Van Horn, respectively, in the John Behring directed The Code episode “1ST Civ Div”
Screen Capture: Raffi Barsoumian and Joe Carroll as Warrant Officer Rami Ahmadi and Lance Cpl. Gary Van Horn, respectively, in the John Behring directed The Code episode “1ST Civ Div”

Rami is every bit as well-spoken as the lawyers he works with. Listening to the warrant officer articulate his thoughts, like Lance Cpl. Gary Van Horn (Joe Carroll), it is understandable people would not realise Rami’s citizenship has not yet been finalised.

MAVNI

Do you know what MAVNI is? If MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to National Interest) worked correctly, it would afford individuals with specialised skills from other countries access to American citizenship. Multilingual individuals, amongst other skill sets, are of special interest to the United States military.

Approximately 30 per cent of MAVNI recruits have posts with various specialist operations units because of their linguistic skills. Unfortunately, as of December 2016, MAVNI was placed under review and closed for an indefinite period. More recently, in October 2018, increased security clearance standards were implemented. This would directly impact individuals such as Rami. This essentially coincides with the United States government taking a dramatic shift to the right.

Warrant Officer Rami Ahmadi

Rami spent his formative childhood years growing up in Michigan, but because of his Middle Eastern descent, the warrant officer received a heightened degree of scrutiny. This is essentially why Rami’s “fast path to citizenship” has been slow. It has taken nine years, so far.

When Rami finally got to take his citizenship test, because of a crisis of conscience, he walked away. Rami speaks with a Korean woman whose husband had enlisted into the United States military. According to the woman, her husband has not been getting the cooperation he needs to gain citizenship.

Even though Rami’s office mates support his stand, not everyone in the United States Marine Corps accepts his decision. These United States was founded on dissent. This is a point of fact not opinion. Despite this point, the U.S. military doesn’t like dissent of any kind within its ranks. Military life is not the same as civilian life. When one joins a branch of the military, you apparently give up certain rights because of the nature of serving in the armed-forces. As a result, this protest could get Rami in serious trouble.

Turnbull will not tolerate Rami’s transfer. Rami’s co-workers and commanding officer will probably take a stand of their own. As we learned during this episode, Turnbull is not someone that should be taken lightly.

Turnbull: “I will end you on my way into yoga”

Turnbull is not someone you would want to cross. She has a way with words.

During the previous episode, Turnbull had no choice but to make a life-or-death decision which could have possibly seen the death of her son. Fortunately, we have since discovered Adam Turnbull was not in the line of fire.

Adam escaped he capturers long enough to contact his mother. With the use of a sat-phone, Adam is able to place a call to his mother. Unfortunately, his recapture occurs not long thereafter. He was in a Pakistani cave.

Corporate Greed

Screen Capture: Dana Delany as Colonel Glenn Turnbull in the John Behring directed The Code episode “1ST Civ Div”
Screen Capture: Dana Delany as Colonel Glenn Turnbull in the John Behring directed The Code episode “1ST Civ Div”

Facing off against international terrorism is one thing. Being pitted against corporate greed is something completely different. This is essentially what Turnbull was facing in this episode. Watching the colonel metaphorically disembowel that smug self-righteous mining company CEO was delightful. The CEO was in possession of maps vital to finding Turnbull’s son. Consequently, Turnbull needed those maps because they show the tunnels where Adam was hiding in. She therefore used her influence on the CEO to provide those maps. Later in the episode, we see the colonel viewing footage of the rescue.

Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)

The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), commonly referred to as The Code, covers every aspect of criminal law seen in military life. Consequently, there is an article for every crime imaginable.

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UCMJ: 914. ARTICLE 114. DUELING

Any person subject to this chapter who fights or promotes, or is concerned in or connives at fighting a duel, or who, having knowledge of a challenge sent or about to be sent, fails to report the fact promptly to the proper authority, shall be punished as a court-martial may direct. (UCMJ Quotation)

UCMJ: 919. ARTICLE 119. MANSLAUGHTER

(a) Any person subject to this chapter who, with an intent to kill or inflict great bodily harm, unlawfully kills a human being in the heat of sudden passion caused by adequate provocation is guilty of voluntary manslaughter and shall be punished as a court- martial may direct.

(b) Any person subject to this chapter who, without an intent to kill or inflict great bodily harm, unlawfully kills a human being–

(1) by culpable negligence; or

(2) while perpetrating or attempting to perpetrate an offense, other than those named in clause (4) of section 918 of this title (article 118), directly affecting the person;

is guilty of involuntary manslaughter and shall be punished as a court-martial may direct. (UCMJ Quotation)

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Shain E. Thomas
Shain E. Thomas

With a BSc focusing on geography, history and political science and an MSc revolving around communication studies, history and journalism, I’m a freelance Journalist and social historian.