Ive signed up in the Army national guard for 6years after 2years i realize that military was not for me. is there anything i could do to get out and not suffer a big consequences or if there is what are the consequences.
State/Country relating to question: California
in regards XXXXX XX question would they be able to put me in jail or would i still have a chance to travel to a different country without having a problem in and out in us immegration
Thanks for the chance to assist
There are 2 types of Administrative Separations...Voluntary and Involuntary. You want, if at all possible, voluntary. If you can fit your circumstances into a voluntary separation you will typically rate an honorable separation.
Some examples of reasons for voluntary separation include:
Early release to further education
While not voluntary, a "convenience of the government" Discharge may also get you where you want to go. As the title says, its for the government's convenience, not yours..but if you can convince the command to support you this is also way out.
If you can not find a voluntary separation reason that fits your circumstances, I would urge you to finish your term, since if you attempt an involuntary separation, this will typically result in a less than favorable characterization of your discharge, a loss in veterans benefits and difficulty going forward in a job search. Still, if you can not find a voluntary separation that fits, you can look closely at the different involuntary methods, as one or more may apply
Either way it is very important that someone in your command is "on your side" If there is a Staff NCO or better who can speak to the command on your behalf this will help quite a bit. In the end it is the Commanding Officer who will likely make the decision whether or not to discharge you and if so, how. You want someone in the command who can advocate your case.
Retired Marine Corps Lawyer, Veterans Services Officer (VSO)
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