NEWS | Dec. 14, 2015

Justice files November 2015

By Robert Yancey 628 ABW Legal

The below Airmen of Joint Base Charleston were involuntarily discharged for conduct that demonstrated a lack of potential for further service.  Members discharged from their current enlistment with a less than fully Honorable service characterization are not entitled to receive educational benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill or the Post 9/11 GI Bill. 

The three types of service characterizations that can be received upon discharge are:  Honorable, Under Honorable Conditions (General), and Under Other Than Honorable Conditions (UOTHC).  An Honorable service characterization means the member has generally met the Air Force standards of acceptable conduct and performance of duty.  Each member should strive to meet and exceed the standards of acceptable performance and conduct in order to receive an Honorable discharge.  An Under Honorable Conditions (General) service characterization is warranted when significant negative aspects of an Airman's conduct or performance of duty outweigh positive aspects of the Airman's military record.  The least favorable involuntary administrative discharge is an Under Other Than Honorable Conditions (UOTHC) service characterization.  A discharge with a UOTHC service characterization reflects that a member's personal conduct fell significantly below acceptable military standards.  Members receiving a service characterization of less than an Honorable discharge may find their veteran's benefits denied either in whole or in part and may face substantial prejudice when applying for civilian employment.   

628 CES - An Airman First Class was involuntarily discharged for Drug Abuse after receiving non-judicial punishment for wrongfully using marijuana.  The member received an Under Honorable Conditions (General) service characterization which deprives the member of substantially all service connected benefits such as the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

628 LRS - An Airman Basic who agreed to plead guilty at court-martial, and to provide information and testify against other suspected drug offenders was involuntarily discharged for Drug Abuse after being convicted of wrongfully using cocaine and marijuana.  The member received an Under Honorable Conditions (General) service characterization which deprives the member of substantially all service connected benefits such as the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

628 LRS - An Airman First Class was involuntarily discharged for Drug Abuse after being convicted at a court-martial for wrongfully using cocaine and over-the-counter medication.  The member was entitled to receive a discharge board hearing, but conditionally waived that right in return for an Under Honorable Conditions (General) service characterization.  The discharge may deprive the member of substantially all service connected benefits such as the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post 9/11 GI Bill.