The test was a written test in his tech school. He said he was given the opportunity to take the test a second time and failed it the second time as well. Here is the strange part...he appears to have been doing very well up until we got the phone call about a month ago that they were sending him home for failing the test. He was able to go off base and even came home for Memorial Day weekend. He said that his CO mentioned reclassifying him but after three weeks came back and said that in fact they were not going to reclassify but were going ahead with the general discharge under honorable conditions.
I should have added. This is not an entry level separation. He was about to graduate from AIT. He went to boot camp in November.
No, I don't know that part. I'd imagine that they did though if they did after the first failed attempt. Like I said earlier, we were under the impression that all was well until we got the call from him which was after the failed second attempt. So, if they counseled him after he failed it the first time and he failed it again then they would not consider reclassifying him to another MOS. I'm inclined to agree with you that there is more to this story but feel like I need to be reasonably sure before I start assuming.
Yes, we have read exactly what you suggested. Thank you for your help and can I ask one last question, which is strictly based on your experience in dealing with this kind of stuff. Do you THINK that they would take what has appeared to be a good kid and not at least try to reclassify? He has never been in any trouble and there is no reason for us to think that he has been a trouble maker since enlisting. However, hearing about military downsizing and such would the Army consider one warning and a second failed test grounds for discharge as opposed to reclassify when the soldier has asked for a second chance in another job?
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).