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Category Archives: Managing Your Military Career

UCMJ ART. 86 Unauthorized Absence

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Unauthorized Absence (UA) Unauthorized absence is one of the most common violations under the UCMJ. Article 86 provides: Any member of the armed forces who, without authority: (1)  fails to go to his appointed place of duty at the time prescribed; (2)  goes from that place; or (3)  absents himself or remains absent from his… Read More »

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Appeals of Security Clearance Revocation

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What option do those who have a security clearance revoked or denied have to regain or attain a clearance? An individual whose security clearance has been denied or revoked by a central adjudication facility has the opportunity to appeal the decision. The process for doing so differs between military and civilian personnel and contractors…. Read More »

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The manual for Courts Martial Notice and the impact on the accused

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The Manual for Courts-Martial’s notice provision is clearly intended to give the accused an adequate opportunity to assess available options, ultimately leading to a decision to demand trial by court-martial or proceed under the nonjudicial punishment authority.  Part V, MCM, para. 4, V-2 to V-3 (2012).  The notice provision’s importance is highlighted by the… Read More »

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NCOERs and OERs will make or break your promotion and whether you retire

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Inaccurate, untrue and improper NCOERs and OERs must be corrected It is your career, retirement and healthcare benefits at stake (Important Note: NCOERs Are Treated Somewhat Differently) What to do if you receive a referred OER in a Relief for Cause from Command (Chapter 3) Opportunity to submit comments when you acknowledge receipt of the OER,… Read More »

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The Lautenberg Amendment: a pitfall to a military career

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Lautenberg Amendment The Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968, effective 30 September 1996, makes it a felony for those convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence to ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms or ammunition. The Amendment also makes it a felony to transfer a firearm or ammunition to an individual… Read More »

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A good year in the Guard and Reserve; what is required of your unit

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Ensure that you earn a good year in the Guard and Reserve SUTAs (Split Unit Training Assembly) should be permitted at your military Reserve or National Guard unit if other units in your Command or State permit such flexibility for other military personnel. In light of the unpredictable nature of the lives that we… Read More »

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