Hi, My name is Philip. I am an attorney with over 16 years experience. Hopefully I can help you with your legal question.
Marine, that is a tough one to fight. The reason is that in order to force a change of the characterization (from general to honorable) the Marine would have to prove there was "error or injustice"
And if you look at the MARCORSEPMAN (the regulation that determines how separations
are conducted) you will see that for separation for adjustment disorder, they separation authority can award a characterization of either honorable or general, under honorable conditions.
So you would have to prove "abuse of discretion"....basically the rules allow the commander to give a general discharge
...you have to prove that based on all the circumstances they should have given an honorable.
Still you have a good point. No NJP's, no counseling, good record overall...so I am not going to tell you that it is impossible. I would look to your pro/cons. What are they? Are they high in service (4.6 or above average)? If so I would consider filing. If you can show that you were a very good Marine in service, but simply were forced out near the end of your contract, it may be you can convince the NDRB to give you the upgrade.
Please let me know if you have more questions...happy to assist if I can