I ETS'd from the Army, with an RE code 1 and honorably discharged, December of 2016 and im currently in the IRR looking to return to active duty. this normally wouldn't be a problem but to explain my history I had gotten a waiver to join (because of an OWI which is basically a DUI in Michigan) and during my leave after AIT in 2011 i received another one. It was some incredibly poor decision making on my part and I regret having done so since but it has almost been eight years since then and I was lucky enough to have my first duty station completely ignore the OWI. So when I got out I had not considered this would come back to haunt me coming back in but that's exactly the problem now. My friend who is a Station commander for recruiting decided to help me but a few weeks in found out his battalion commander would not approve my packet stating that "there are plenty of soldiers without a record we can be taking in" regardless of the discharge and RE code 1. I understand shes only following the rules and my friend has explained it to me but I'm looking to find another way into active duty if there is one. This is what I want to do and I'm going to do everything i can to retire active duty. So is there anything i can do or any good suggestions out there?
Posted 6 mo ago
I know a little about recruiting (spent three years with USAREC). Recruiting is NCO business so talk to their battalion CSM (use the chain, Station Commander, First Sergeant, then CSM). You are an NCO (even in the IRR) so use that angle as well. The best selling point I ever heard from a prior service applicant was that he wanted to be a leader again. Best of Luck!
Recruiting command is who decides who gets to sign up using rules provided to them but higher echelons of recruiting command can decide to override those rules. They can even override a failed MEPS physical. (like for a disabled child that probably won't even live to the age 18 on the DEP program for like 10 years) it's That the roadblock you have is in the command? It's best to find a recruiting CoC that will sign off on your waiver. Which means you have to go outside of that Battalion commanders area and try again. You could also try and go above her but I really have no guidance how to pull that off. Is it against the "business rules" to recruit someone with two DWIs?
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