When the soldiers are getting ready to go into town, Maggio hangs back for a little. But a sergeant finds him and takes away his weekend pass—a guard got sick, and now Maggio has to pull guard duty.
At the New Congress Club, Lorene and Prewitt argue. She's busy, but Prewitt wants to spend time with her. Mrs. Kipfer pleasantly urges her to go chat with the other guys.
Lorene tells him her real name is Alma Burke, and that Mrs. Kipfer picked her fake name from a perfume ad.
Alma sneaks away from the club, pretending to be sick, to hang out with Prewitt at a bar. Prewitt tells her about bugling, and how he got to play "Taps" at Arlington National Cemetery in front of the President.
A drunk Maggio shows up—he's left his post in order to go drink. He's technically AWOL (absent without leave).
Outside, a drunk, shirtless Maggio is lying around. Prewitt finds him and tries to drag him back before he gets caught.
He goes to get him a cab, but military policemen arrest Maggio before Prewitt comes back.
Later, at the barracks, the soldiers talk about how Maggio's being court-martialed. Warden tells Prewitt he'll let him know what happens. He gets a phone call and finds out that Maggio's been sentenced to six months in the stockade.
We see Maggio walking into the stockade. He tells the guard he'll manage to escape. Inside, Judson confronts him, clearly relishing the opportunity to start beating him up. Judson grabs a truncheon off the table and moves towards Maggio.