i was in the marine corps and i was discharged this year with an oth and re-4 hka1 because of alcholism .while i was in service i was sexaully assaulted and raped .i never really reported it except for my counsler and while i was in i also went to rehab and got told i have ptsd from what happened.medical also said i have ptsd.i would like to serve in the military again if it is possible i would do any and everything to go back to the marines or another branch .please help me and let me know what i could do if it is possible
Thank you for your question today, I look forward to assisting you. I have nearly 20 years of legal experience in various disciplines, including JAG.Unfortunately, that is going to be exceedingly unlikely.First, you'd have to get your OTH upgraded. You'd have to go through DD Form 293, twice because you can't upgrade from OTH to honorable in one shot.If you received an OTH, you were actually discharged for misconduct related to alcoholism and not the alcoholism itself. There is a different between those two situations.If you were to manage getting your OTH upgraded twice, you would then have to go to the military records corrections board by filing a DD Form 149, because that board is the only one with the power to change your RE code (which you have to do).
Lawyer and current JAG officer.
do you think if i get a lawyer i would have a better chance on getting it upgraded to where i could get back in the marine corps or another branch
There is a slight statistical improvement in your chances when using an attorney for the DD Form 293 and DD Form 149 process.It is not as pronounced as many would expect, but people are slightly more successful.
where do i go to look for a lawyer to help me with my case
We can't name specific attorneys.However, if you search online for DD Form 293/DD Form 149 and attorneys in the same search, you'll find a number of attorneys that specialize in this sort of issue.
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