Experience Matters - An experienced military lawyer knows how to communicate effectively with the board members. The board is composed of three members, all of greater rank than the respondent. The senior member of the board serves as board president. In most cases, the board members have decades of experience serving the nation and take their responsibility to reach the right result very seriously. Unless the service member hires an experienced military lawyer, in most cases the board members will have much more military experience than the detailed military counsel or the government attorney arguing for discharge.