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January 2018 Archives

Different conduct may constitute going AWOL in the military

The acronym "AWOL" stands for absent without leave. It is a well-known term for military personnel and involves some serious penalties for those who are found guilty of committing it. This blog will cover some of the ways that a service member may be considered AWOL; this post's contents, though, are not comprehensive. Please consult with a military law attorney if you have questions about a specific case.

A review of failure to report charges

As with any other job, a military career requires a Virginia resident to show up and do their work when they are told to do so. When a civilian fails to report to work, their employer may allow them some leeway and an opportunity to explain why they failed to report for their shift. In the military, though, a service member can be significantly sanctioned if they fail to report for duty.

Military leader punished for sexist comments

The strict hierarchy of the United States military has long been touted as one of the greatest assets of the nation's defense system. The structure in which power is passed up the chain of command and through which orders are set down ensures that individuals know where they stand with regard to what is expected of them and to whom they are accountable. Respect is a key component of making this system work and, recently, a high-ranking commander was reprimanded for conduct that some believe was highly unprofessional.

Alcohol abuse, dependence may impact military security clearance

Consuming alcohol is an activity that many individuals participate in, especially as a social activity. Though most people have the ability to pace themselves and keep their alcohol consumption under control, other parties may have a more difficult time, especially when it comes to knowing when to stop or allowing themselves to end up in a harmful position due to their drinking.

Can I get veterans' benefits with a dishonorable discharge?

Last month, this blog discussed the process of seeking a discharge upgrade. Put simply, a discharge upgrade improves the character of a veteran's discharge and, therefore, increases their capacity to obtain veterans' benefits by virtue of their years of military service. Discharge upgrades can be vitally important to the futures of military personnel, as many of the benefits they should enjoy require them to have discharge statuses other than dishonorable.

Divorce may be different for members of the armed forces

Regardless of a person's affiliation with the military, going through a divorce is a difficult process. Not only does a divorce force a person to become knowledgeable about an intricate area of the law, but it also imposes significant emotional pressures upon them as they work to end a relationship that they may have believed would last forever.

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