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Different expert here...former JAG officer.
Your son's rights in this matter will stem directly from the actions his CO takes. Specifically, his rights will depend on the potential impact.
IF the CO takes no adverse action? Then there are no "rights".
And this is why JAG will not talk to him...they have no obligation to assist him at this point.
IF the CO wants to separate your son? They have to give him notice, in writing. He will want to carefully review this notice. Since the type of separation will dictate his rights.
IF the CO wants to give a "bad" discharge (called an "other than honorable" discharge) the CO also has to give the opportunity for a hearing on the matter as well as the opportunity to have an attorney assist. Your son should exercise his right for both (both the hearing and the lawyer). The lawyer can then assist him.
IF the CO wants to give a "neutral" discharge (called a "general, under honorable conditions" discharge) the CO is NOT required to provide a hearing or a lawyer. YOur son's sole recourse is to submit matters in writing to the separation authority asking that he not be separated.
Bot***** *****ne: it is too early for JAG to be involved. IF your son is to be separate he MUST be provided notice in writing...this will dictate his rights
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