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I have 2 flag codes on my erb and im trying to figure out

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I have 2 flag codes on my erb and im trying to figure out what they are. One is HA and one is BA im in the army
JA: Are you overseas or stateside?
Customer: Stateside
JA: Have you talked to anyone in the chain of command about this?
Customer: They are basically trying to be sneaky because I ETS on the 26th of this month
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Thats all
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Military Law
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 8 months ago.


Thank you for your question. Can you please tell me have you been, or are you under investigation for misconduct that you know about or have you recently received disciplinary action? What specifically has your chain of command said about your flags?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I was under investigation in mid November for a UA and i guess they're trying to chapter me out. The have not sent up any paperwork and i have only been councelled saying that they're recommending for me to be chaptered but i have been out of the loop all through this process.
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 8 months ago.

Thank you for that information. The BA flag is a nontransferable flag for an Involuntary Adverse Separation action at the field level. So, that would jibe with what you are saying about the Command wanting to process you for misconduct.

The HA, is a flag signifying punishment phase of an adverse action (that one, if you have not been awarded punishment, might be incorrect).

You can see the directive that discusses flags, authority, etc., by going to the following link:

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Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 8 months ago.

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