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  • Can I re enlist if I've changed?

    Went to MCRD in 2013. Got my first letter from my ex girlfriend at home saying she was going to leave me. I didn't want that. I knew the easy way out was to tell a drill instructor that I wanted to hurt myself. No questions asked and got sent home...

    Philip’s Answer

    Unlikely you will get your separation code changed. The Navy board is quite strict and tough to convince to allow changes.

    The Marines are unlikely to give you a waiver. They don't need to give too many waivers at the moment because they are meeting their recruiting needs.

    Apply by all means. You might find a sympathetic recruiter who might help steer you through the process.

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  • Does active duty service member stationed in Germany need to be physically present for trial?

    My husband got stationed in Germany recently. It was expected, and occurred in the midst of family court proceedings for a minor modification to a parenting plan. Adequate cause was granted, he and his ex wife are mediating, and trial is set for O...

    Philip’s Answer

    Talk to the attorney.

    There is also a SCRA implication to this.

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  • Family law/ divorce. What are my rights? Child custody. Is it worth to file for adultery in military?

    My husband is in Air Guard. He got deployed and after came home I found out he was having an affair with a woman from his unit the whole time they were deployed together. I was pregnant with our second child at that time. We decided to work on thi...

    Philip’s Answer

    You so not have to be married to anyone to join the ANG. The problem he is referring to relates to the enlistment of single mothers/fathers and the required family care plan.
    The ANG can take some disciplinary actions against him, especially if the adultery was with another airman. The end result may be his being kicked out of the ANG.
    Talk to a civilian divorce/child custody attorney in your town about the other issues.

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  • I want to request to the Army Board of Military Records to remove a letter of reprimand that I received. How long do they

    normally take to make a decision or respond back? Should I have an attorney? Tks.

    Philip’s Answer

    Before making a submission you should gather support for your package. In particular you should determine if the GOMOR issuer is willing to support you.

    Depending on the type of "misconduct" it can take from 9-18 months.

    A lawyer experience with the boards can help you prepare a better and perhaps more focussed package. A simple letter from you doesn't work.

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  • What kind of legal assistance can I get regarding Debt from Military Service.

    Upon leaving Military Service I was charged Leave (vacation) that was supposed to be convalescent ( not charged for medical reasons) and It put me in a negative balance. I received a letter from DFAS stating I owed them money. I disputed the debt ...

    Philip’s Answer

    Mr. Brumer has good advice for you.

    One other point, did you petition the board for correction of records? The problem will now be how long it is since the issue arose.

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  • What type of lawyer do I need?

    I left to train in the army from February 24 through July 09th. I have an apartment leased under my name, in which for the month of July- I didn't get around to paying my rent. It slipped my mind and my training regimen had increased. Typically, t...

    Philip’s Answer

    Agreed the issue is likely a little more complicated. But they still have to follow the SCRA once you went to training.

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