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my sons room mate was in trouble for altering his own ID so he could buy alcohol. My son's ID was scratched on the back. My son graduated from boot camp this last march 22 2013. He was told this wouldnt be an issue if his room mate wasnt in trouble for altering IDs. He is basically guilty by association. They think he is lying so they are charging him with a false statement.
he is being charged with two articles and so far hasnt been given any opportunity to speak with defense counsel, at first he was told he wasnt entitled to it since this wasnt a court martial. there were some scratches around the DOB on his card, the were horizontal. He couldnt find his ID so there isnt any real evidence just it looks like he threw it away to get out of trouble. It is all circumstantial. What could the punishment be?
he is E3, i think the under age drinking thing was the catalyst that set this off and that so many others had altered their IDs it went to the CO. Right now anyone born on or around 1994 who lose their ids are being scrutinzed. What sucks is my son wasnt on base when this went down and had no idea it was happening
By commanding officers in grades O-4 and above
(2) Forfeiture: not more than 1/2 of one month's pay per month for two months.
(3) Reduction: one grade,
(4) Extra duties: not more than 45 days.
(5) Restriction: not more than 60 days.
Restriction like jail? How will this affect his next command? Can they take is HN (corpsman) away? He is supposed to report to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton by the 28. Also he was given a paper to sign that said you have the right to remain silent, you have the right to an atty paid for by the navy or by you or both, and it basically said he would talk and they got mad when he was reading it ans asking what it all meant.
he hasnt had any other trouble or "chits" against him. They didnt give him the opportunity to talk to an atty they wanted him to sign it immediately. He wasnt asking for advice or legal help he just didnt understand what it all meant, this is is first time besides enlisting he has had to read any legal jargon like this. This is the closest he has come to any trouble anywhere in his life, never been reprimanded in the Navy until this. I told him to call the Navy Legal and tell them whats going on.
I have told him to continue to talk to Navy legal, it can't hurt. This is really depressing him that he is getting in trouble for telling the truth his morale is really down and this embarrassed him in front of his class. They are kicking around the idea of an open mast in front of other classes, can they do that?
yeah we kind of figured that they were going to use this for that. It would be nice if that was the extent of punishment, he really takes being in the Navy serious and would never do anything to endager his respect honor or his position in the Navy.
Thank you for your time and the piece of mind.
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