Malingering [Military Law] Law and Legal Definition
Malingering means fabricating or exaggerating symptoms of any mental or physical disorders for personal gains. It is a medical term. A person may resort to malingering to for a variety of reasons. For example, to avoid school, get lighter penalties, evade work or military service, gain financial compensation, or just to attract sympathy from others.
When used in the context of military law, malingering means evading duty or work by pretending to be incapacitated. Pursuant to 10 USCS § 915, any person who for the purpose of avoiding work, duty, or service feigns illness, physical disablement, mental lapse or derangement; or intentionally inflicts self-injury will be punished as a court martial may direct.