Two question how do file and Article 135 Court of Inquiry and can I do so when I ETS out the Military

Asked over 1 year ago - Birmingham, AL

I recieved and adverse OER, and requested and Commander's Inquiry, I've seen the results on a memo, the results are completly errounous, and incorrect. I wish to review the entire Record, yet im do to ETS soon can get access to the Report of Investigation. To help with my appeal?

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  1. William Emil Cassara


    Contributor Level 18


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    Answered . The first thing I would do is request a copy of the Commander's Inquiry from your chain of command. This should not be a problem. You can certainly appeal the OER, but as you are ETS'ing you need to decide if it is worth the time/effort to do so. I would be happy to discuss further with you if you so desire.

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  2. John Daniel Hafemann

    Contributor Level 12

    Answered . In order to get a copy of the investigation, you need to file a FOIA request. Visit for step by step directions. Once an OER is recorded in your permanent personnel file, it is presumed to be administratively and substantively correct. Thereafter, the burden of proof rests with you to provide evidence of a clear and convincing nature that the contents of the OER were either unwarranted, unfounded, or unjust, in whole or in part, thereby warranting removal. I can help you file an appeal to have the OER removed from your record. Feel free to give me a call to discuss further. The initial consultation is always free. Good luck.

  3. Leonard C. Morales

    Contributor Level 11

    Answered . What you need to look out for is the coming Show Cause Board. Get off these sites and get with a Trial Defense Lawyer. An adverse OER is most always followed up with a push to separate the officer from service. I've been seeing more and more of these as the Army downsizes. You need to prepare for this now because there is no live board it's all in writing and no offense but your writing is terrible. You'll need help to put together a good rebuttal packet. GO SEE TDS!

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