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A Board of Last Resort: Army Clemency and Parole Board (ACPB)

The ACPB is empowered by the Secretary of the Army to hear clemency issues. This 5-member board decides whether or not the soldier might be granted a variety of clemency, including, but not limited to early release, reinstatement of retirement eligibility and veterans benefits and a disapproval of the court-martial conviction. The Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of the Army considers the ACPB recommendations and takes final action.

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The Conviction, the Military ID Card and Dependents

When a soldier is convicted at a court-martial he is placed on involuntary excess leave, however his dependents remain entitled to medical, px and commissary privileges until the execution of the punitive discharge; which may take many months if not years to execute. Thus, the family is entitled to hold onto their military ID cards until the punitive discharge is final. Dependents who have been a victim of domestic abuse may be entitled to transitional compensation under 10 USC section 1408(h).