I was being trained to do maintenance on a 76mm gun mount and system when I was instructed to sign for the maintenance by my trainer. Later I was accused of gundecking because my signature was on the maintenance log. Due to this, I lost my rank and rate and was transferred to another department. This led to me only putting in 5 years instead of the hopeful 20 due to losing rank and not meeting the rank needed to reenlist. Was there anything I could have done to prevent the outcome?
Posted 5 mo ago
If you are not looking to re-enlist, and just want your rank back, when did this occur and what do you hope to gain in getting your rank back? I only ask because I don't see much of a difference for you having a honorable discharge already. And no one can take away the fact that you did hold a higher rank. As some have already stated, you can petition the BCNR (the Army has a similar system--ABCMR), and the worst they can do is deny it. If you can find some guys you served with that can back up your story and are willing to do sworn statements, that is usually a good route to go with those board reviews.
I don't see any recourse unless you can provide evidence that you performed the maintenance. If you can prove it, you have nothing to lose by submitting an application to the Board For Correction of Naval Records (BCNR). It's a DD Form 149 if I remember correctly.
You really didn't go into much detail about how you responded. When I was asked why I signed it I would have told them it was part of the training. If they challenged that I would have said "Look Chief, it's common sense, the maintenance got done, the log got signed. It didn't get done by itself." That would have pissed the Chief off enough to track down whoever was training me and ask him about it. Unless the guy outright lied about the training it would have been the end of that problem.
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