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My name is , I have been in the Army National Guard 11 years
My name is Christopher,I have been in the Army National Guard for almost 11 years now, I have a clean record and great evaluations; however, I am looking for a way out of my contract early if at all possible. Though i don't want a dishonorable or negative discharge in doing so.Almost my entire time in I have worked full time with the Guard or have been on active duty orders. However, a couple years ago I decided to finally focus on a civil***** *****fe and career. I decided I wanted to fly helicopters for a living, so I moved 240 miles away from my unit to go to an approved flight program that's also tied to a university so I could get my degree at the same time. The month to month drills proved far to stressful, I was making less money than the cost to go to drill. The drill weekends and the 2 weeks a year were also getting in the way of my flight program causing me to have to redo very expensive labs all over again and miss many important tests and opportunities. Due to this and other circumstances negative complications grew between my unit and I, as a last ditch effort to protect myself from my unit and buy me time to focus on my training and education I transferred to the Inactive National Guard (ING) for 18 months.My ING contract ends at the end of this month but now I'm running into more problems. it appears that I will now have to extend my contract for another 18 months to cover the ING time. Remaining in the Army National Guard is directly preventing me from getting a helicopter job. I have been licensed to fly for a year now but almost every starting job I find is located nowhere around a NG unit, constantly on the move or is at sea. My original ETS would be next September, but this is before having to extend another 18 months now. Preventing me from beginning my career for another 3 years. This is causing me to work minimum wage jobs and is putting a huge hardship in my life. When I go to my drill weekends i have to dump large sums of money into my truck every month to make the almost 500 miles round journey back and forth to drill. I also have to pay for all my food and usually I am forced to sleep in my truck.My educational advances are also being hindered, unlike conventional jobs I have to travel around and work in different industries and companies in order to gain additional certificates, ratings and logged times; this can last from months to years and I can't just transfer to a different guard unit every couple months. So I am unable to further my chosen career, much less start it.Not to count, my last couple of years in college have allowed me to expand my education and research topics far more in depth than I ever have. And I can say clearly now that though I have had some amazing times and experiences in the armed forces I no longer agree with the military, and I don't know how I can spend the next few years supporting an organization that (currently) stands for everything I'm against. I would say that being a consciences objector may be a relatively new title for me, but it is one I would say fits me well.Basically in a nutshell, I am stuck and don't know what to do. I have never broken a contract early and know that I am obligated to fulfill my end of the bargain. Yet I know that I will not reenlist ever again. On a professional level as long as I am in the National Guard I cannot start my career or advance my training/education until I am out. And on a personal level the monthly drills are a havoc on my life and fostering great financial/educational hardships.Is there anything that I can do? The helicopter industry is almost completely run by veterans so a negative/dishonorable discharge would absolutely prevent me from ever getting a job in this field. I am just looking for a way to start my life. I don't really know who to talk to or much about this process if it exists, when I signed those contracts years ago I couldn't have ever foreseen these circumstances.I know this is a bit lonJA: OK. The Military Lawyer will need to help you with this. Because laws vary from state to state, could you tell me what state is this in?Customer: UtahJA: Have you consulted a lawyer yet?Customer: No not yet, i dont know anything about this so im just trying to gather some information.JA: Is there anything else the Military Lawyer should be aware of?Customer: Nothing i can think ofJA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Military Lawyer about your situation and then connect you two.
Allen M., Esq.
JAG officer and former adjunct prof.
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
I am an E-3 Navy corpsman about to return from deployment.
Hello I am an E-3 Navy corpsman about to return from deployment. My HYT is in 6 months but due to my 5 year mark. I got NJP'd down to E-2 1.5 years ago. Will I still qualify for HYT pay? I've been approved for reenlistment and have good evals otherwise. I will get an honorable discharge and have always scored high on my exams
In my last question I told that I'm supposed to leave
In my last question I told that I'm supposed to leave boot camp for reserve navy in few days. And due to certain situations in my life, probably I will not be able to join boot camp. I was told in this forum that I will get ELS (entry level separation) and it will not impact my naturalization process for US citizenship. Currently I'm a US law full permanent resident. Now my question is that when I was reading "ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR NATURALIZATION APPLICATION BY USCIS", there are 2 things, about which I want to know1-Have you ever received a discharge from US armed forces on the ground that you are an alien?My question is that iam a lawful permanent resident and of course alien. In my case, if I get ELS discharge for not joining boot camp, do I get into this question category?
I run an airsoft (military simulation combat with replica weapons)
I run an airsoft (military simulation combat with replica weapons) group in Austin, TX. Recently we have had some problems with participants who either never earned rank, medals or insignia, or were never in the services at all wearing uniforms and passing themselves off as current or former members of the US armed forces.What (if any) statutes in Texas exist concerning the wear of uniform, insignia or rank for individuals who have not earned such accolades?Regards,Isaac Linkletter, SSgt (Ret), USAF
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Advice on determining how to answer a veteran question on a
Advice on determining how to answer a veteran question on a federal government job application.JA: OK. The Military Lawyer will need to help you with this. Please give me a bit more information, so we can help you best.Customer: The question is "Are you a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or are you eligible for "derived" preference?" I had a ELS from the USAF in 2007 with an "uncharacterized" discharge.JA: Anything else I can tell the Military Lawyer before I connect you two?Customer: The job I will be applying for, in the future, will require a security clearance as it is with the DOD, and they will very likely uncover this in their background check.JA: I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Military Lawyer about your situation and connect you two.
Allen M., Esq.
JAG officer and former adjunct prof.
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
The Manager of the Hale Koa Armed Forces Recreation Center
The Manager of the Hale Koa Armed Forces Recreation Center initially determined that their Fitness Center is for hotel guest only making it unavailable to fee paying military retirees residing in the vicinity of the AFRC. After a series of complaints, Installation Management Command G9 upon review and request from the Hale Koa Manager, granted current Hale Koa fitness members to continue their memberships provided they are military/DOD retirees. The Hale Koa Manager called this a Legacy Program and has stipulated that inorder to continue to use the fitness facilities at the Hale Koa, they must never stop or interrupt their memberships. If that should happen they will be excluded and not permitted to reenter their fitness center program again. Long story short, this is a MWR program that first of all should permit paying retirees to join the fitness center program of the AFRC. Second, the establishment of an exclusionary very restrictive program smacks of inappropriate disregard for equal treatment of a group of retirees as a whole. In my situation, I reside near the Hale Koa only about 4 months out of the year. Those living nearby year around or those that look at the fees as insignificant have no problem accepting what is put in place. Since I refused to pay a fee of $55.00 per month year around, I am excluded for their newly established Legacy Program. I accept that MWR programs can charge fees. My concern is that a group is being denied equal treatment by the decisions being implemented. I hope this all make sense and I look forward to your take on this. SGM Julson (US Army Retired)
Being a federal employee and drill status guardsman. I just
Being a federal employee and drill status guardsman. I just want to know if I'm protected under USSERAJA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?Customer: I would like to go to drill but they are telling me I may not be able to be in two status' in one day.. How is this possible? They are trying to make me make up my drills on a different day versus going to drill right after shift. I do not want to make up my drills on my day off, I feel like I should not have to.JA: OK got it. Last thing — Military Lawyers generally expect a deposit of about $18 to help with your type of question (you only pay if satisfied). Now I'm going to take you to a page to place a secure deposit with JustAnswer. Don't worry, this chat is saved. After that, we will finish helping you.
I am interested in pursuing options the characterView more military law questions
I am interested in pursuing options for changing the character of my discharge from active duty in May 2008 to a medical retirement. Until recently, the VA service providers and VA advocate group representatives I have worked with assumed that I was medically retired. I was not. As a sole result of the service connected injuries that are documented in my military files and VA files, I am not confident that if there IS a process available to pursue, I will be able to complete it without help from either an attorney or an advocate.