Article 32 Investigation
The Article 32, UCMJ, investigation is the equivalent of a pretrial hearing in civilian court. However, you generally have more rights at an Article 32, UCMJ, hearing.
The purpose of an Article 32, UCMJ, investigation is:
to determine if a crime was committed and there is reasonable cause to believe the person accused committed the crime alleged;
to make a recommendation on disposition of the case to the convening authority; and
discovery for the defense.