An Administrative Separation (ADSEP) Board is your Commander’s attempt to kick you out of the service and give you a less-than-honorable characterization of discharge. An Other-than-Honorable Discharge carries far-reaching consequences that are in many ways just as severe as a Dishonorable or Bad Conduct Discharge. Even a General Under Honorable Conditions discharge will take away your Federal Post-911 G.I. Bill and limit your employment opportunities.
Much like a jury, the three members of an ADSEP Board must vote and decide whether the government can prove the allegations they have made against you, whether they show you must be separated, what characterization of discharge you should receive, and whether that separation should be “suspended,” as in a year-long probationary period. You may hire your own private civilian defense attorney for this hearing.
If you have rehabilitative potential and a desire to continue serving Honorably, you have more than a fighting chance. Do not just give up and accept Separation as a foregone conclusion. The mere appointment to an ADSEP board does not mean that you must be separated. Far from it. If your misconduct truly made you unsalvageable, you would be at a Court-Martial.
You need an attorney like Aaron Meyer to package and demonstrate to the Members of your Board why you will not disappoint them or the Service when you are retained. Aaron Meyer has retained 20 Servicemembers at their Administrative Discharge hearings. He has obtained Honorable and suspended discharges for 8 other clients.
Aaron Meyer has achieved the retention of individuals after drug use, allegations of domestic violence, DUI, unauthorized absence, steroid distribution, spice distribution, civilian court convictions for gang-related activity, statutory rape, and assault, among others. In some cases, he showed that the allegations were simply false and had the ADSEP dismissed with “no basis.” Aaron Meyer has even successfully filed motions in ADSEP boards regarding improper appointment or lack of access to evidence and had the ADSEP “adjourned.” Servicemembers sent to ADSEP boards are entitled to due process, and Aaron Meyer makes sure they receive it.
The stakes are too high for you to simply lay down at this time. Your career, good name, and lifelong characterization of military discharge is at stake. A fair shake is possible with the right advocate on your side. To find out how Aaron Meyer will start attacking you case, call us today at 949-388-3654 or fill out the form below for a free consultation.