Define what you mean by "successful outcome". Captain's Mast is an Article 15 Nonjudicial Punishment proceeding. For the most part, the fact that someone is being given an Article 15 means that their guilt has already been established in the eyes of the responsible officials. The purpose of the hearing is to put the offense on the official record, make sure that the accused is informed of their rights under the UCMJ, and to determine punishment. If the accused believes they are innocent, their recourse is to request Court Martial. If they believe the punishment was unfair or inappropriate, they can appeal the punishment (not their innocence) to a higher authority.
It's been a long time since I had to deal with the UCMJ, so if I got any of that wrong, I hope that someone will correct me.<!-- Edit -->
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