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There should be no one on the board who is evaluated by the appointing officer. Despite this language, one could argue that non-attorney civilian counselors should be permitted as assistant counsel or additional counsel if requested by the client, without loss of military counsel.

The Army divides 336-3208 into conviction by a civilian court and acts or patterns of misconduct, including in the latter the other DoD categories of minor disciplinary infractions, pattern of misconduct, and commission of a serious offense; in the Army 36-3280, serious offenses include, among other things, drug abuse.

Notification Procedure Discharges First Steps: Some object or resist, while others try to cope and do poorly. The Marine goes out, gets drunk and goes UA for a week. It is useful for respondents to make a firm demand for the right to obtain documents which will be submitted to the separation authority, and to make it clear that this request includes any responses to matters they submit in opposition to the discharge, as well as advisory opinions, higher command endorsements or SJA legal reviews.

Representing Servicemembers in Involuntary Discharge Proceedings

Notification of the proposed ADB discharge is much like that used in the Notification Procedure, although the command is more likely to follow the requirement that avi reasons for discharge and specific facts on which they are based be stated in the notice. DoD and the services have extensive regulations governing drug urinalysis testing, disposition of drug users, and rehabilitation. Personality disorder and other ODPMC discharges require more than the mere presence of the medical condition; there must be an opinion, usually by a military mental health professional, that the condition is so severe that it significantly impairs duty performance.

The Air Force requires a second opinion and Surgeon General review for all airmen who are serving or have served in a hazardous duty pay area, without the month limitation. Misconduct cases are sometimes the result of complaints 336-3208 sexual harassment or sexual assault.

Nothing stops the command from using information obtained in an ADB to instigate disciplinary action. The misconduct must have occurred in the current period of service, and can be used as a basis for discharge whether or not it resulted in an Article 15, UCMJ, non-judicial punishment procedure, in court-martial or in civilian conviction.


It is important that letter-writers not gloss over or dispute real problems, or deny symptoms of more serious medical problems ai may be at issue. Though there are risks, the unsworn statement is a potentially powerful tool and can humanize your client to the board members, who may have spent a day or more listening to a lot of unflattering evidence.

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Some administrative discharges cannot be imposed unless the member has been offered counseling and rehabilitation, and thus fai opportunity to improve performance or conduct. Since some forms of overt racism are understood to be unacceptable under social norms and military regulations, racism and similar biases may take more subtle and insidious forms. The Army now allows personality disorder discharges only for those in the first two years of service thereafter a personality disorder diagnosis warrants discharge for ODPMC.

While computerized scoring of the MMPI has reduced subjectivity as a factor in diagnosis, there is still room for bad interpretation.

On the contrary, lay witnesses can often give detailed descriptions of symptoms that fit other diagnostic categories and do not usually appear in particular personality disorders, adjustment disorders, etc.

They will probably hear that a demand for rights is useless, that statements or hearings never work, and that any response is just a waste of time.

These requirements are also discussed in relation to individual reasons for discharge. Involuntary discharges are one of the areas where military wisdom holds that there simply are no rights.

Some services have made special note of misconduct related to sexual harassment and to extremist activity. Even if the information is accepted by the board senior member or legal advisor, you can frequently get board members to agree they will not consider afu that is questionable. Misconduct is the most common reason for involuntary 36-32088 with an OTH characterization. You wfi expected to be the vigorous advocate. Civilian friends and family, and ministers or others in respected positions, can also provide letters attesting to good character, commitment to the military, etc.

Army regulations allow members to negotiate a conditional waiver without counsel. Part II — Administrative Discharge Board Procedure Discharges This part looks at the more complex area of Administrative Discharge Board Procedure discharges, where other than honorable OTH discharge may be warranted, and where procedural rights are therefore greater.

A soldier with a painful back injury may encounter disciplinary problems for self-medicating with alcohol or other drugs when physicians who do not aif the injury deny her proper pain medication.

Only seen severance pay once as it relates to PT, but that’s because we had a really good commander, and it wasn’t technically due to Sfi failures. Demonstrating the discriminatory basis of the actions can be difficult. Advocates and civilian mental health experts can remind them that such conditions are illnesses, in some cases the result of painful childhood experiences, frequently causing emotional pain and lifelong problems. If servicemembers demand this right, the command must arrange an appointment with JAG counsel, zfi in person but occasionally by phone for members stationed far from area defense counsel.


A member who enters into this written agreement and is not qualified for continuation in the ready reserve will be discharged.

The former, called simply the Notification Procedure is used in discharges where the least favorable character of discharge may be General. A pattern of misconduct consisting solely of minor disciplinary infractions.

In misconduct cases, it is important to look for underlying issues that led to the misconduct or motivated the command. Other Discharges Unsatisfactory participation is used as a basis for discharge with drilling reservists who fail to attend drills, and should not be confused with unsatisfactory performance, a Notification Procedure discharge designed for poor performers.

Separation authorities are used to seeing the last of these, but seldom receive much more. Under current regulations, a significant level of review is required for many personality disorder discharges. Lesbian and Gay Draft, Military and Veterans Issues, 28 while out of date in other regards, has creative discussion of discovery, pre-hearing preparation, conduct of ADBs and post-hearing appeals that can be applied to other discharge areas. The military uses two xfi procedures, one allowing written response to the proposed discharge and the other allowing a 3-63208 before an administrative board.

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Brainstorming with clients often leads to useful evidence of this sort — evidence which might create embarrassing problems for commands if shown 36-328 the separation authority or revealed in discharge review or litigation. Now he faces involuntary discharge proceedings for misconduct. There is sometimes a tendency to handle these cases on the run, as commands prefer to do them very swiftly sometimes after months of inaction and often resist requests for sufficient time to prepare and sufficient discovery of evidence to give a clear picture of underlying issues.

A pattern of misconduct consisting of a discreditable involvement with civilian or military authorities or b conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline. The principal work on representation in administrative discharge board hearings was done by Katherine Bourdonnay.