By Catherine Valentine, CNN

The US Supreme Court on Friday accepted a Justice Department appeal to review the cases of three men in the Air Force whose rape convictions were overturned last year -- including one whose confession the Air Force recorded -- when the top military appeals court found a five-year statute of limitations existed for military sexual assault before 2006.

The Supreme Court arguments will be scheduled for next spring and a ruling is likely by the end of June.

This will be the first time the justices consider a sexual assault issue in the #MeToo era, wading into a years-long controversy over how the military addresses sexual misconduct in its ranks as service branches continue to face scrutiny over their lack of progress countering the problem.

It could also mark a significant moment for the court's newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh. Just one year ago, Kavanaugh's confirmation was nearly derailed because of a sexual assault allegation against him from his high school years -- a claim he vehemently denies.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.