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Uncharacterized Discharge

What is an uncharacterized military discharge?

An “uncharacterized” discharge is one which is not Honorable, General, or Dishonorable. It is usually used for entry-level separations (ELS), or separations from the military in the first 180 days of service. Because the discharge is not specifically noted what type or category the Military discharge falls under, this can cause questions to arise. Read below a few of the top uncharacterized discharge questions that has been answered by the Experts.

If someone served in the Marine Corp and had an uncharacterized discharge can their discharge be changed to medical discharge if the person has been out of the military for 17 years?

The only option after 15 years is to file a DD Form 149 for correction of military records. You'd have to show that they actually made a mistake by improperly classifying. Additionally, because the classification was known for 17 years, they could ignore the request under the "3 years after discovery" rule, however they can waive that rule but most time they usually don't.

If a Certified Peace Officer, has an uncharacterized discharge due to medical reasons, what can someone done about this?

Unfortunately, there is not much that you can do. An uncharacterized discharge is not like a General or Other than Honorable which can be upgraded. It's supposed to just be nothing, not negative or punitive. Therefore, there is not an upgrade for it.

Can someone be hired for a federal job if they have an uncharacterized discharge from Navy from over ten years ago?

In many cases this can happen, since the uncharacterized discharge does not bar you from federal service. Having an uncharacterized discharge from the Army or Navy is often confused with other types of Military discharges. Uncharacterized discharges are just what they sound, uncharacterized and this leads into the confusion of the severity of the discharge.

What types of benefits can somebody with a chapter 10 discharge from the army get, also, what can be done to upgrade it?

The Chapter 10 is known as a discharge in lieu of a court martial. That indicates that the individual was qualified for an “Other than Honorable, General or maybe Uncharacterized Discharge” (if the individual was not there long enough). If the individual obtains an OTH or uncharacterized, there are no settlements. The VA will believe it to be a discharge for dishonorable reasons or, if uncharacterized, it means that the individual was not in the military at all. If the individual obtains a General Discharge, the individual has all benefits accessible to them apart from education benefits. The only way to have a discharge upgraded is to fill out DD Form 293.

If someone’s DD 214 says that, their separation authority is Para 5-11 or 635-200, what does this mean?

According to: AR 635-200, chapter 5-11 says:" Separation of personnel who did not meet procurement medical fitness standards".

Paragraph A. states "Soldiers who were not medically qualified under medical fitness standards when accepted for enlistment or who became medically disqualified may be separated. Such conditions must be discovered during the first 6 months of AD".

Uncharacterized Military Discharge laws are often confused with other discharges in the military and bring many questions to the table. People can turn to Experts with any Military law question for fast helpful answers.

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Recent Uncharacterized Discharge Questions

  • I'm getting a chapter 5-17 uncharacterised entry level seperation

    I'm getting a chapter 5-17 uncharacterised entry level seperation from the Army for anxiety and depression issues. I have been getting mixed answers from both drill sergeants and counselors. Will this affect me getting a job in the civilian world? Or going to college to become a doctor? Do I even need to put down on applications I was even in the military if it's only been 3 months and not past 180 days?
  • I enlisted in the national guard when I was 17. After shipping

    I enlisted in the national guard when I was 17. After shipping to basic I had an injury that was going to delay me into another cycle. Unfortunately, my cycle was the last one for the year and I would have been delayed for about 2 more months before having to completely restart basic training. I elected to sign the papers with the drill sergeant to return home. I was a Release from active duty training or something like that. When I got home my recruiter met with me to determine if I wanted to stay enlisted in the guard or not. I decided to just take the discharge. I recieved the NGB form 22 that said I recieved an uncharacterized discharge. I realize at the time I was just being too impatient. I spoke with a recruiter to enlist active duty with the marine corps. I really didn't like the idea of living as a civilian and going to a drill once a month. He said that I had an extremely high asvab score, and that would probably help my chances of getting back in, but I never recieved my DD-214. What are my chances of being able to re-enlist? I was told that I would be able to while I was at fort sill, but the recruiter said that I can't without that dd-214
  • My son received a uncharacterized discharge due to medical.

    My son received a uncharacterized discharge due to medical. He has applied for a civil service job and has been accepted. will this hurt his security clearance.

     

    I believe he just needs to define the definition in the remarks to just state that he did not go to AIT because of a medical issue.

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