was originally composed of three civilian judges appointed by the President of
the United States for a
normal term of 15 years and confirmed by the Senate of the United States. However, effective October 1, 1990, Congress
increased the membership on this Federal Court to five civilian judges,
maintaining the original appointment and confirmation process. Except for ceremonial sessions and special
hearing sessions held in various sections of the United
States, the Court sits only in Washington, D.C.