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The DD Form 214 wouldn't have specifics and nothing on it would specifically indicate what the basis for the court martial was. To find that out, you'd have to file an FBI database background check (like an employer might use). When I want a background check done, I'll hire a local private detective or paralegal of a defense counsel's office.
You can attempt to do them yourself online also.
A general court martial conviction is a federal conviction and would require the creation of a public record.
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Again, any such information is going to be in a public record concerning his court martial.
The basis for his separation was likely through the court marital conviction itself and he received a punitive discharge from that court martial.
A background check would reveal the conviction. You could also attempt contacting the national archives to obtain the court martial records themselves, but that is significantly more difficult.
That's really getting beyond what I do. Again, I noted that I don't do them online. I hire a local private detective or paralegal from a defense counsel to do it, so that I know it's being done correctly.