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Administrative Separation in Okinawa and Mainland Japan

General and Dishonorable Discharges Follow You Long After You Leave the Military

In today’s military, it doesn’t take much to receive a general or other than honorable discharge. Even if you’ve put in years of service to your country as a member of the armed forces, just one altercation can cost you not just your military rank and career, but your military benefits and retirement as well. It’s one thing for the military to kick you to the curb after years of service. It’s another thing entirely to be forced to deal with the repercussions of a General or Other Than Honorable (OTH) discharge for the rest of your life.

Make no mistake: anything less than an honorable discharge is going to cost you job offers, promotions, and other opportunities in the long run. The concern over your military benefits is just the beginning. As you begin to seek out opportunities in the civilian world, you’ll notice that most job applications will ask whether or not you served in the military, and more importantly, what your characterization of discharge was when you left. This is the real issue with being discharged from the military in this way—it has the potential to lose you tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your life.

The Truth Behind General and Other Than Honorable Discharges

When you entered into the military, an honorable discharge is what you expected to receive when you left. But a simple mistake or even a false allegation thrown your way is enough to derail you from this set course and leave you facing devastating ex-military titles for the rest of your life.

A General Discharge may sound harmless, but it typically costs service members their G.I. Bill benefits as well as any hope of ever entering the military again, even under a different branch. Upgrading a General Discharge to an Honorable Discharge is possible (dependent upon why the General Discharge was issued), but it’s a difficult task to say the least.

Other Than Honorable Discharges can and will shadow you for the rest of your life. If you don’t fight this form of military discharge, you could be facing a complete loss of your G.I. Bill and most military benefits, not to mention the lasting stigma on every job you ever apply for from that point on.

This Has Nothing to Do With Your Military Past, and Everything to do With Your Civilian Future

If what happened in the military stayed in the military, we wouldn’t be here telling you how important it is to hire a defense attorney to fight this outcome. Unfortunately, the implications of your administrative separation will have dramatic and long-lasting ramifications that will span the rest of your life. As a service member that has defended your country, you deserve a chance at setting the record straight. Remember, this may seem like a punishment that affects nothing but your past. But your future is what’s truly in jeopardy, and that’s something worth fighting for.

Bilecki & Tipon LLLC has faced off against some of the most difficult administrative separation cases in Japan—and come out on top. No service member should be forced to endure a punishment lasting their entire lives. Our goal is to convince the jury of this fact and secure an administrative separation outcome that you can be proud of.

Contact the law firm of Bilecki & Tipon today at (800) 996-9747 and we’ll immediately get to work preparing a hard-hitting court martial case for you.