Hello. I spent two years of active duty enlistment in the army from 1999 to 2001, stationed at Ft. Benning. Anticipating a move to Texas after my term of enlistment expired, I signed a contract enlisting in the Texas National Guard for one year. However, after separation, I remained in my home state of North Carolina for longer than expected and never in-processed with the guard unit in Texas. I currently live in Texas and I don't believe that I'm listed as AWOL, as I have no warrants for my arrest and have never received any correspondence regarding this matter. I was wondering if there is any database that I could check to confirm my status. Also, what repercussions can I expect, legal or otherwise?
State/Country relating to question: Texas
Not an unusual situation.I had a case like this just this year with someone who was in another state Guard, and then "moved" to another state, but never checked in. This was five years ago.I called Army DIP and verified no DD553 warrant on her.Then she submitted a request for her military records:at NARA.She had some records already.Once we received the records I was able to piece all of the records together and determine that she was "honorably discharged" from the Guard. I gave her a written opinion letter to that effect should it come up in the future. It took a bit of doing because there were still records "missing" or not entered in the record.Had this not worked, our next step was to try and contact the old unit to see what if anything they had on her.I cannot guarantee that's your situation. But this is how one case I know of was resolved.The Guard gets money based on the number of soldiers. I've been told that the Guard intentionally keeps people on the rolls to get the money. I have no idea if that's true, but it's a consistent piece of gossip I've heard.Hope this general non-legal advice information helps, please "accept" if it does.Take care.
Thanks for your response. Can this situation prevent me from getting a job? Should I request a DD214 from the NARA website for my NG records? What should I do if they have no record of service (because block 9 on my 214 from the regular army shows that I was to be transferred to a guard unit in Texas)?
I don't think it should prevent a job if you have a valid DD214.An employer isn't likely to be leery about the "transfer." Now if he/she is concerned about losing you for drills and other Guard duties that might be a factor. This is so even though there is a law that is supposed to prohibit job discrimination against Guard and Reserve.NARA will not issue a DD214 or discharge letter. That is only issued by the service.Again, I recommend you make a request to NARA for your records and see what they have.Sincerely.
33 years military law experience.
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