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A very common misconception is that a person with less than 6 months qualifies for and can obtain, upon request, a separation under Entry Level Status. That's really not true. An ELS separation is a tool that commanders can use, when they choose, to separate someone that is not fitting into military service. The ELS is actually the characterization of the service, not the basis for the separation.
Honorable and General are other characterizations. An ELS just means that you haven't been in long enough to have your service really characterized. There still has to be an underlying basis for separation that the commander can use to separate you, like hardship or failure to adapt.
Working through the Chaplain can help, but only if your commander is willing to separate you. If your commander is not, you won't be separated at all.
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