Not aware of any. Have not been back in usa since leaving in 1970. Had no criminal record before signing up in 1967. . Born in Ohio in 1950. Lived in Alaska and New Mexico. Working, never unemployed, family in Canada. Never applied for discharge etc before.
Thank you for the benefit of your experience. Just to clarify. This was a desertion from USA to Canada in 1970. I had heard that they were perhaps more strict re the more recent conflicts - but had anecdotally heard of Vietnam vets that were basically turned around with the discharge paperwork very quickly. Does the fact that its a Canadian citizen with Canadian passport hurt, hinder, complicate or affect the case at all.
And thank you again for your the highly experienced assistance.
very very helpful.
Would i have to stay in the jurisdiction (ie USA or California) while awaiting the discharge even if i was let out of the brig ? have to plan to be away from Canadian job appropriately.
Is there a preferred port of entry to optimize processing ? eg San Diego (though i would have to pass US Customs in the Edmonton Alberta airport prior to flying to San Diego (or Chicago or Denver or Seattle) Sounds like it would be a good idea to have the fact you are "absent without authority from the US Marines and are there to resolve it" in writing as one presents oneself to the Border or Airport (in Canada we go through US Customs at the Canadian Airport eg Edmonton, Alberta).
If one had there druthers what would the best way of getting into a position to present yourself to the US Customs/Border folk be ?
Is the brig a relatively safe place to be ? I have heard some stories about prison-life (not military ones) but never been.
I can't thank you enough for this help after all these years of wondering !
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