Defending Service Members From General and Other Than Honorable Separations
You’ve spent years faithfully serving the U.S. military, only to have your G.I. Bill, retirement, and healthcare jeopardized through an administrative separation due to some misunderstanding or mistake. Accepting this fate could leave you penniless, facing an uphill struggle to find good jobs or schooling for the rest of your life, especially in the case of an Other Than Honorable (OTH) Discharge. In the eyes of the Bilecki & Tipon, this is NOT the way you treat an individual that has defended our country.
Service members facing these charges should never fight them alone. Attempting to convince your commanding officers or an administrative separation board of your innocence on your own can actually hurt your cause, regardless of its truthfulness. A court martial lawyer, on the other hand, can collect and organize the paperwork, evidence, and recommendations that you need to save your military benefits—and perhaps even avoid the administrative separation entirely.
What You Need to Know About Administrative Separations
Discharge characterizations come in three categories: Honorable, General (Under Honorable Conditions) and Other Than Honorable. Unfortunately, only an Honorable Discharge will secure a service member’s complete benefits package, along with a highly effective resume addition.
General Discharge (Under Honorable Conditions): You’ll most likely lose your G.I. Bill benefits and it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever be able to serve another branch of the military. Depending on the specifics of the allegations which support the discharge, you may be able to upgrade a General discharge to an Honorable.
Other Than Honorable Discharge: An OTH discharge will remove all benefits from your current enlistment. It will be a stain on your personal record that will haunt you for the rest of your life. Under such circumstances you’ll need the best legal advocacy you can get. If you don’t fight this now, and you let it go on for too long, it can have dire and long-lasting effects on your life and civilian career.
Our Court Martial Lawyers Can Fight Against Your Administrative Separation
Administrative separations happen for many reasons. A prior Article 15 or GOMOR, drug abuse, a criminal conviction, insubordination, misconduct or a neglect of duty can all provoke an administrative separation. And because the military is deliberately focused on maintaining a strong and dutiful perception, it takes only ONE mistake to push a service member out of the system for good. Due to the military’s current downsizing and force shaping, administrative separations are on the rise and the stakes are higher than ever.
Don’t allow this to happen. You’ve fought too hard to lose your benefits and military future to a single action or misunderstanding. Whether you just received word of your administrative separation or you’ve already been relieved of your military rank and duties, there’s still time to fight back.
Call our court martial attorneys TODAY at (800) 996-9747 and together we’ll take the fight to the prosecution.