Posted on Nov 10, 2021
Gregory Gulick
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I was discharged with an RE code of 3. I had 2 field grade AR15s while there, and one company grade. One was for a gatorade bottle in my room, one was for having a cigarrette, and one was for consuming alcohol. I never wanted to get out, i loved the army with my heart and soul. I had a great PT score, volenteered for every event we had for 18 weeks. I did great in basic and was student leadership in both BCT and AIT. I had great leadership in BCT and excelled, and horrible, like absolutely deplorable leadership in AIT. I believe my punishments were severely over exagerated given the severity of the offenses. I was advised by my CO not to do anything to fight it. I was notified of my discharge the day before graduation after 18 weeks there. I want to come back in more than anything but am unsure how to go about it. After numerous requests for advice from my NCOs and CO I still havent the slightest clue what to do next. If anyone has any advice I really would appreciate it. I feel like I was a great soldier and made a couple impulsive decisions that i now regret immensely. I really want to re enlist, even in another branch. I signed an open contract and left within a week of being at the recruiter because I really wanted to be in the military. I just got out around 2 months ago. Is it not possible to re enlist? My leadership told me theres no hope to ever come back but I really dont wanna give up on it. I read a lot of different scenarios on here of similar discharges and theyre all for serious offenses such as illegal substances and FTR and just being a generally bad soldier all around. I had no help from leadership in AIT which made the process very difficult. If there is anything I can do please let me know. If someone has an answer, but needs more details Id be more than happy to provide any records from my discharge packet.
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Cpl Vic Burk
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It is highly unlikely any branch will take you. You established a pattern of refusing to obey orders. Leadership will look at this as a sign that if you did it in the past, you will do it in the future. Unless a full scale war against the United States occurs I think your hopes of getting back into the military are extremely slims to none, and even then still very slim to none.

Question: If you screwed up the first time and got an Article 15, why didn't you learn from this and stay on the straight and narrow? I got a field grade Article 15 in boot camp. I flew straight the rest of the time I was in the Corps. I learned, why didn't you?
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Cpl Vic Burk
Cpl Vic Burk
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LCpl Benji Smith - I was a hot head also but even I learned after ten days on the rock pile that I didn't want to go back to that!
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Cpl Vic Burk
Cpl Vic Burk
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LCpl Benji Smith - That could do it also while watching you buddies go on liberty and you are stuck at the base.
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You're gonna have to wait 4 more months. You're also gonna need waivers. You're also gonna need to find a recruiter that will be willing to work with this kind of uphill battle considering the draw down that is about to happen. Is getting back in possible? Sure. Likely? Yea, the odds are not in your favor. The only thing that anyone needs to know is what your RE Code is, which you have told us, and what your separation code is. Everything else in between is just white noise.
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You'll have to wait at least six months, and you would need a waiver approved.
Some expectation management: when the forces draw down, the need for waivers to get people in goes down.
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