Posted on Jul 8, 2018
PO2 Robert T.
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Hello everyone. I was ADSEP'd out of the Navy back in 2014 for failing the BCA portion of the PRT more than a couple of times. To my surprise, I was given and RE Code 4 and didn't pay it no mind at the time. Not until I wanted to join the national guard as an officer now that I have my 4 year degree. Obviously, I can't with a RE-4. But I did a little digging and found out that I was separated under MILPERSMAN 1910-170 which specifically states I should have been given an RE-3F for weight control failure unless a RE-4 is warranted (its not and it shouldn't have). Not only that, I have an official memo from my CO at the time regarding my discharge characterization. It specifically states that block 27 on my dd214 should have RE code 3F.

So finally, my question is, do I have a good case to get this changed and how do I go about doing that? Should I speak with a NG recruiter?

PS: I spent the last 4 years getting physically fit. I'm good now. Just looking for some guidance here. Thanks!
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1SG John Furr
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So as a 1SG in the NG, I have a vested interest in understanding how you struggled with fitness on active duty but now believe you can meet greater physical demands of the Army as a drilling Soldier? I only say this because I've seen many prior service try to jump over to the NG thinking it's some kind of game and have a very rude awakening.
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PO2 Robert T.
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Because i was fat on active duty and now I'm not. I made bad decisions and I failed myself and got booted for it. I still feel the shame. So for the last 2 years I worked on getting in shape by eating clean and hitting the weight room/treadmill. I wholeheartedly believe you when you say the physical demands of a drilling soldier are greater and I am more than willing to take on the challenge of the NG.
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PO2 Robert T.
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PO2 Robert T. - *4 years not 2.
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1SG John Furr
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PO2 Robert T. wow, well it sounds like you've definitely taken ownership of your situation. What state do you live in? Have they discussed a waiver for your enlistment? Sometimes if the commander or 1SG of a unit are willing to accept the risk they can do a waiver.
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PO2 Robert T.
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I live in TX. I filled out a form online so I’ll be speaking with a recruiter soon. Hopefully they’ll have some good news! I know it won’t be easy!
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MSG David Johnson
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Just a thought off the top of my head here. You're trying to come back into the military, you got a 4 year degree and want to become an officer. Did you have to take some kind of writing course? Or do you think it is more self deprecating to not capitalize the I in your post?
I'm not being critical, just pointing out something an officer and college grad should know.
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PO2 Robert T.
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I'll edit it if it helps.
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MSG David Johnson
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PO2 Robert T. - That's up to you, it's just something I noticed as I read your post. I once had an RE-3 and was able to get it changed. But, I had to write up a statement as to why I had gotten that code, and why I thought it should be changed to allow me to re-enlist.
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PO2 Robert T.
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MSG David Johnson - Thanks for letting me know about the statement. It helps!
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SGT Christopher Combs
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Yes after 5 years you can also submit an exception to policy to D.C. through a recruiter but it would help to have a statement from an officer in the Military to help you out
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PO2 Robert T.
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Thank you! What would be the purpose of the statement?
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