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    undesirable discharge

    1968-69, I was attached to 3rd med. battallion as a truck driver(attached to Graves), duties were picking up our dead & wounded(whole & in pieces) where I encountered a drug problem to handle the stress. After repeatedly asking for help, I was always told the same thing-Man up Marine, you're just a truck driver. After returning state-side I continued to ask for help with my drug problem with the same response.Which led me to eventually ask for a discharge, which they gave me for the better of the corp.Is it possible now to get it changed?
    —Guest Zeremba

    Guest Dr Thunder

    How can I contact you?I really would like to talk to you about my OTH and how to get it corrected
    —RonFB

    Can I change my Re code from 4 to 3a

    I was forced a general (under honorable conditions) with an Re code of 4 for patterns of misconduct and that was due to a lot of ARIS do to self medication I quit drinking and realized I can't look at pics of when I was in or friends of mine being in with out getting depressed I miss it and want to be in more than anything else is there anything I can do to upgrade my Re code and get back I've been out of just over 2 years now
    —Guest Soldier at heart

    Army Discharge Assistance

    For the record and to add onto my first posting, I am only versed on Army regulations. I cannot assist with any other branch of service and all of the attorneys that I'm familiar with are all former Army, so unfortunately, I cannot assist or direct any non-Army servicemember. The application process is the same but one would need to know the individual branch's regulations in order to know if they have been wronged in such a way that would support their discharge attempt. So I reiterate, as a former Army officer with a current law degree, I will assist any former Army servicemember with their discharge upgrade, free of charge. As I said before, if I can help you, I will. If I can't, I'll tell you why. Worth noting, truth and supporting documentation is your best defense in an upgrade petition.
    —Guest ArmyUpgrades OMT

    Be careful

    With regard to this Dr. Thunder, please be smart. This person has no law degree or pertinent military experience that can assist you in your discharge, not anymore than you do yourself. I am a former Army officer w/ a total of 14 years of service. I was branched Admin, which means military regulations/policies was my job description. In addition, I have a law degree. I have NEVER charged one single penny to help an Army soldier with his or her discharge, and I never will. Some of you have described issues that I can assure you wont be upgraded. Many of you have a case but if you don't have the supporting documentation to support it, your discharge won't be upgraded. A discharge is upgraded if it violated some policy or regulation or if you can prove it was unjust; that is, the treatment or punishment you received was unwarranted, excessive or not typical of how the military would react. If I can help you, I will. If I can't, I'll tell you why, for FREE. militaryquestions@aol.com
    —Guest OMT

    Racism in the Military

    I didnt 2 years and 6 months of a 4 year contract for the U.S. Navy, due the lost of my Father my second day home for Bootcamp in 2001 and also the war with Bin Liden just starting off, I went into the Military misguided and Angry of what was happening in my Life at dat time, I started hanging with the wrong People and stop caring about alot things that mattered to me most important to me like My Father's teachings and how He put most pressure for being the oldest of 3 Boys and just got into unnecessary trouble. I encountered massive Racism that shook my whole foundation of being a Sailor and reacted with volience and disrespect to my Superiors but not by Malice at all, I was also Very Good at my Job, I always took pride in my Work and learning more knowledge of it, I was just lost and misunderstood and just used Anger and resentment as my defense.
    —Guest Robbedofpotential03

    upgrading from OTH

    I am trying to upgrade my discharge from a OTH to a honorable. Long story short that I wasnt getting writen down that moved from my old unit in the reserves when I was attending a different drill. So would they change that to a honorable?
    —Guest pfcdyboski

    @HTJBrown

    bennieday53@gmail.com is my email if anyone has questions on how to get your discharge upgraded, with out having a lawyer
    —Guest Dr Thunder

    upgrade discharge to Honorable

    I did 3 1/2 yrs. of a 6 yr. hitch for the Air National gaurds. I loved it and was asked to join the Prime Beef division w/ a secret clearance. I was so proud to have a secret clearance. In 1975, my father, a gun smith with a small shop, was arrested for selling a weapon to an undercover ATF agent. It distroyed him and he became suicidal. At one point I disarmed him when he was sitting on a chair with a 30-6 deer rifle barrel in his mouth and his finger on the trigger. I was unnerving to say the least. A few months later, I requested a discharge. I was told that they understood and promised me an Honorable Discharge. Instead, I was given a General Discharge under Honorable Conditions. This completely discouraged me from believing in our system. Since that time I have tried to serve people by doing voluntary work. For instance, I held drug addicted infants at the special care nursery in our local hospital. I donated one month to a company that hauled military equip..for the D.O.D. Thanks
    —Guest coy bryson

    HOPE

    If your trying to get a negative discharge upgraded. Don't let anyone try to tell you it is totally impossible. I got in a jam in 1992 and was booted from the USAF with a General Under Honorable Conditions discharge. In 2000 I joined the Army Guard with a waiver. I did a year of active duty after 9-11 and recieved an honorable discharge. I was able to use that to transfer to the Air Guard. then using my discharge and Guard performance I applied to the USAF Board for Correction Of Military Records and actually recieved a full upgrade of my 1992 discharge. It's hard to do, and it's not guaranteed. But what do you have to lose ?
    —Guest OIFANGMEDIC

    Not MY Fault

    Never got mental rehab after war in iraq. I have ptsd ,anxiety and suicidal at times. OTH discharge due to heavy drinking and drug use to help me forget the war. I had all this in my early stages of PTSD. I need help if the VA can help veterans that are alcoholic or use drugs in their later stages of PTSD,why can't they help me. I'm still a veteran. God forgives why can't we.
    —Guest Felix B

    oth discharge

    I have only tried once to get an upgrade in discharge and was unable to show of course i did not get an upgrade becasue of that purpose; however I was in the national guard first and then transitioned into the active army by signing a three year contract i got a 7day pass to go home and return as I did only to get lost on base after turning my enlistment prior service paper work into the reception hall 3 days early after doing that I left and was not told that I could not leave once the paperwork was turned in not knowing this I left the base only to get into a minor car accident on post, this discourage me and I went awol I had later turned my self in and recieved a oth discharge re-4 I have yet tried to get a upgrade ,but I really would like to rejoin the national guard sometime again if possible.
    —jcdriver

    Undesirable

    I was the only female in my company at the time i was an MP and had a CO that didn't like females in the military, so I was flame with all he could to get me out, I and could get people in the company to lie for him I no chance doing the time I had a hearing but no court marshell, then ship out with an undesirable discharge, I loved the military and my job as an MP, just want my discharge upgrade!! Thank you!! Exmo
    —Guest Exmo

    advise?

    I am in the active duty AF. I have been in over 3 years in a 6 year contract. I was just served my first article 15 for assaulting another airment under the influence of alcohol. The other guy took the first swing and i took the last so its not like i started the confontation in the first place. Anyways all i have on my record is an LOR UIF and some minor loc's for like a failed room inspected and not following tech data or some stupid shit. Anyways i am being told im probably going to be discharged general under honorable conditions. I put myself in Rehab as inpatient for 28 days because i had a drinking problem and ive been sober almost 2 months now. They also threw in disobeying a direct order for the article 15 saying i broke a no contact order when i was never told i was not to have contact with a friend involved in the incident nor did i sign anything. If youve got any advise i could really use it. email me at ryan_69_13! @hotmail.com. i hope my email showed up
    —Guest troubled

    Pattern of Misconduct

    I was given a General disharge ( honorable conditions) in August of 2011. I the only large issue I had was that I misled my leadership about where I was going during my leave ( I was gone less than a day). Other than that the only things they had a against me was that I was late a couple times to work ( not by much) and I had forgotten to do certain quality control temperatures every now and then. Legal was no help to me what so ever, and when I recieved my paperwork There were several things wrong with the amount of LORs and LOCs they were saying I had. I tried to report it and they told it that it didnt matter. I only had 2 months left to finish out my 4 years so that I could get my post 911 GI bill and finish out my schooling. I would like to get my GI bill back and get my discharge changed. If anyone could give me any advice on what to do the help would be greatly appreciated. I can be reached at nicholasdickinson! @hotmail.com
    —Guest Nicholas

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