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Military Delayed Entry Program

What is a delayed entry program?

A delayed entry program is when an individual enters the armed forces before going for basic training or shipping out to boot camp. This program does not legally bind a person by contract. However, the delayed entry program is like an agreement by the individual to report to the training by a certain date. It also ensures some kind of a job for the candidate. The top delayed entry program questions answered by the Experts below;

Can an Individual get out of a Delayed Entry Program?

An individual can get out of a delayed entry program. To do so, the individual may send a letter to the Recruiting Station Commander if he/she has not gone for the final swearing in yet. The individual may cite the Department of Defense Directive 1332.14 in the letter which allows anyone in the delayed entry program to request for a separation before joining basic training.

Can an Individual in the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program be Refused Active Duty if he/she Confesses to Having Smoked Marijuana as a Teenager before Joining the Forces?

An individual in the Marine Corps delayed entry program may be refused active duty if he/she has confessed to smoking marijuana. The navy has the right to do a background check on an individual before he/she joins active duty. The navy cannot be sued for not allowing an individual to join active duty no matter how long the individual has been in the delayed entry program. However, if the individual has been honest and told the officers the truth, it may not be a problem and the officers may consider giving the individual active duty.

If an Individual who is in the Delayed Entry Program is arrested on a DUI Charge, will it affect his/her Entry into the Air Force?

If the individual was sworn in but was not enlisted, he/she cannot be separated for being arrested on a DUI charge. However, the individual may not be able to join with any cases pending against him/her. The individual may contact the recruiters and let them know of the situation. He/she will have to go through the DUI process and then contact the recruiter again. If the ruling of the case is a conviction or an adverse adjudication, he/she may have to request a waiver from the recruiter to join the air force.

If a Person was in the Delayed Entry Program and was sworn in, would he/she be on Active Duty from then?

A person is on active duty only when he/she goes to boot camp. If the person does not go to boot camp, it may not be considered as active duty. Hence, if the person was sworn in the delayed entry program, it will not be considered to be active duty.

Can a 17 Year Old Join the Delayed Entry Program?

A 17 year old can join the delayed entry program if he/she has the permission of the parents or the guardian. In the case of divorced parents, the child will need at least one parent or guardian’s consent to enter the delayed entry program.

Is the Navy Obligated to Cover the Medical Expenses of an Individual in the Delayed Entry Program, if he/she gets Injured during a Mandatory Physical Function?

If an individual in the delayed entry program of the navy gets injured during a compulsory physical exercise, he/she may request the commander to reimburse the medical costs. If the commander refuses to do so, the individual can sue the navy under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

What is a Delayed Entry Program Discharge?

A delayed entry program discharge is officially known as an Entry Level Separation. It is neither an Honorable nor General Discharge. It is also not considered “Other than Honorable Discharge.” If an individual applies for a delayed entry program discharge, he/she cannot enlist in the same service again unless the individual gets a waiver. However, if the individual is given a waiver also, he/she cannot choose what job to do or when to ship out of basic training.

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