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What are Circumstances that May Lead to a Soldier Discharge from Service?

Many people commonly assume military individuals "retire" from the military when they leave service,which isn't always the case.

Recieving a discharge or separation is not the same thing as military retirement.A military discharge is simply defined as a military member being released from their obligation to continue service in the armed forces.

A discharge relieves the veteran from any future military service obligations whereas a retired reserve individual may be called back to active duty.

A separation from the military can be voluntary or involuntary and may leave additional unfulfilled military service obligation that will need to be carried out the individual ready reserve.Its important to note that there are several types of discharge.And these can have a profound impact on a veterans ability to receive veterans benefits,serve in the government,re-enlist in the military and more.This include

1)Honorable discharge

If a military service member receives a good or excellent rating for their service time.By exceeding standards for performance and a personal conduct,they will be discharged from the military honorably.A honorable military discharge is a form of administrative discharge.

2) General discharge

A general military discharge is a form of administrative discharge.If a service member performance is satisfactory but the individual failed to meet all expectations of conduct for military members.The discharge is considered general discharge under honorable conditions.

To receive a general discharge from the military there has to be some form of non judicial punishment to correct unacceptable military behavior or failure to meet military standards.The discharging of officer must give the reason for the discharge in writing.And the military member must sign paperwork stating they understand the reason for the discharge.


Some examples of actions that could lead to other than honorable discharge include security violations,use of violence, conviction by civilian court with a sentence including prison time,or being found guilty of adultery in a divorce hearing.

1) Bad conduct discharge

The bad conduct discharge is passed to enlisted military member and given out by a court martial due to punishment for bad conduct.Bad conduct is often preceded by time in military prison.Virtually all veteran benefits are forfeited if discharge is due to bad conduct.

2) Dishonorable discharge

The court martial can determine a dishonorable discharge is in order.Murder and sexual assault are examples of situation that would result in a dishonorable discharge.

3) Officer discharge

Lastly,if an individual leaves the military before completing atleast 18days of service.They receive an entry level separation status.It can happen because of medical or administrative case.Thank you.

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