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I was wondering if a dishonorable discharge could be changed

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I was wondering if a dishonorable discharge could be changed or reversed?
JA: Because laws vary from state to state, could you tell me what state is this in?
Customer: California
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: No, the situation is my boyfriend joined the military at 18, he made a mistake at 23 by smoking cannabis and was let go. He's now 26 trying to become a police officer but no luck.
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Customer: How do I go about getting a military lawyer?
JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?
Customer: That's it. He knows he made a mistake. He even got recommendations letters from his higher ups after he was let go because other than that mistake he was great at his job
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A dishonorable discharge can ONLY be awarded at a general court martial (military version of felony trial)

Did he go to a court martial?

Or was he separated administratively?

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