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What kind of discharge will I get if I stop showing up to…

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What kind of discharge will I get if I stop showing up to drill weekends in the Army Reserves?

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Stateside Drilling monthly

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to anyone in the chain of command about this?

Yes. I am trying to push for conscientious objector status

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Hi Philip. I was wondering what kind of discharge I would get if I just stopped showing up to drill weekends.

Most likely you will receive an "other than honorable" conditions discharge (OTH). This is an administrative discharge that is considered a "bad" discharge. It is possible, in theory, they could take you to a court martial (to seek jail time and a bad conduct discharge). But that is incredibly uncommon...I do not expect that they would go to the trouble to accomplish that.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Curious to know, under what circumstances would they take me to a court martial?

I have not seen it...but I can envision if you stopped going just prior to a deployment, and missed the deployment, they could pursue a court martial

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I don't have orders to go on deployment. However, some of the soldiers from my unit started getting tasked out to other units in anticipation that those units will get deployed. I haven't been assigned to another unit nor do I see it coming in the future. If some people from the unit are preparing for it and not specifically me, would it be possible that I might be taken to a court martial?

I have never seen a reserve unit pursue a court for going awol from drill. Not once. Possible? Sure. But not likely

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