How much will a other than honorable discharge effect my future?
Hello again,Well there is no way to say with certainty without knowing what your plans are in the future. However, I can tell you that unless you have a prior enlistment that you received an Honorable Discharge for, that you will lose your GI Bill benefits. You may still qualify for VA benefits, however, the VA will make their own determination based on your service record and the reason for your discharge. In other words, an OTH is not an automatic bar to VA benefits, but also doesn't get you automatically approved. Case by case on that issue. As for jobs, if you want to work for a Government agency or try to get a security clearance, an OTH will make it almost impossible. However, many other civilian jobs won't care one way or the other. That said, you will have to answer in the affirmative that you were fired from a job and explain why you left the Marine Corps. Since this would be drug related, there are some issues there with jobs and professions that may cause issues for you.
Licensed attorney and former Navy JAG serving ashore, afloat and at the OJAG
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