back in 1990 i was AWOL. when i turn my self in. the military sent me to fort knox.there i stayed for a week, and they ask me if i want to be assigned to a new unit or be discharged i choose to be discharged. i was discharged .for the better of the army. i had no jail time.i crossed the board to canada and i was told i had desertion on my record . i explain and after a couple hours i was released it happened on the U.S. side to. now im being called for jury duty . i would like to ask should i put down i have a felony.
State/Country relating to question: Michigan
Hello,Thank you for the information and the question. Can you tell me if you remember ever going in front of a judge and being given a punitive Discharge like a Bad Conduct or Dishonorable Discharge? Or, were you just administratively discharged with an Other than Honorable Discharge and never court-martialed? What does your DD-214 say about your discharge characterization?
dd 214 says discharged for the better of the Army . i never stood in a Military Court or stood in front of any officers just n.c.o.s they did take my finger prints
Hello again,Thank you for that information. What I was really trying to find out is what the characterization box at the bottom of your form says. It should say what I said before. Either "Other than Honorable" or "General under Honorable Conditions" or Bad Conduct, etc. In any event, if you did not go to court-martial with a judge you do not have any conviction. That means no misdemeanor and no felony.
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