IN THE CASE OF: Mr.
BOARD DATE: 24 November 2014
CASE NUMBER: AR20140000468
Board Determination and Directed Action
After carefully examining the applicant’s record of service during the period of enlistment under review, and considering the Discussion and Recommendation which follows, the Board determined the discharge was both proper and equitable and voted to deny relief.
I certify that herein is recorded the true and complete record of the proceedings of the Department of the Army Discharge Review Board in this case.
THE APPLICANTS REQUEST AND STATEMENT:
1. The applicant requests an upgrade of his discharge from general, under honorable conditions to honorable.
2. The applicant states, in effect, that he would like to apologize for his behavior and actions. He was immature; however, he has learned discipline, integrity, and pride. He has taken full responsibility for everything that happened and he is asking for a second chance.
DISCHARGE UNDER REVIEW INFORMATION:
a. Application Receipt Date: 30 December 2013
b. Discharge received: General, Under Honorable Conditions
c. Date of Discharge: 11 January 2013
d. Reason/Authority/SPD/RE: Pattern of Misconduct, AR 635-200, Chapter 14-12b, JKA, RE-3
e. Unit of assignment: 204th Brigade Support Battalion, Fort Carson, CO
f. Current Enlistment Date/Term: 5 October 2010, 3 years, 25 weeks
g. Current Enlistment Service: 2 years, 3 months, 7 days
h. Total Service: 2 years, 7 months, 4 days
i. Time Lost: None
j. Previous Discharges: DEP (100608-101004), NA
k. Highest Grade Achieved: NIF
l. Military Occupational Specialty: 91B10, Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic
m. GT Score: NIF
n. Education: HS Graduate
o. Overseas Service: SWA
p. Combat Service: Afghanistan (110902-120505)
q. Decorations/Awards: ARCOM, NDSM, ACM-w/2CS, GWOTSM, ASR, OSR, NATO MDL
r. Administrative Separation Board: No
s. Performance Ratings: None
t. Counseling Statements: None
u. Prior Board Review: No
SUMMARY OF SERVICE:
The applicant enlisted in the Regular Army on 5 October 2010, for a period of 3 years and 25 weeks. He was 19 years old at the time of entry and was a high school graduate. The applicants record shows he was awarded an ARCOM and served a combat tour in Afghanistan. When his discharge proceedings were initiated, he was serving at Fort Carson, CO.
SEPARATION FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES
1. The applicants record is void of the specific facts and circumstances concerning the events which led to the discharge from the Army. The record contains a properly constituted DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), which was authenticated by the applicants signature. He was discharged as a PFC/E-3.
2. The DD Form 214 indicates the applicant was discharged under the provisions of Chapter 14, AR 635-200, paragraph 14-12b, for pattern of misconduct, with a characterization of service of general, under honorable conditions. The DD Form 214 shows a Separation Program Designator (SPD) code of JKA and a reentry (RE) code of 3.
3. The applicants record does not contain any evidence of unauthorized absences or time lost.
4. The applicant was separated under Orders 004-0026, HQS, United States Army Garrison, Fort Carson, CO, with an effective date of 11 January 2013.
EVIDENCE OBTAINED FROM THE APPLICANT’S RECORD
1. A DA Form 4187, dated 25 October 2012, showing the applicant was erroneously promoted from PFC to SPC through Defense Finance and Accounting Service.
2. There are no counseling statements or UCMJ actions in the record.
EVIDENCE SUBMITTED BY THE APPLICANT
The applicant provided a DD Form 293 and a DD Form 214.
None was provided with the application.
1. Army Regulation 635-200 sets forth the basic authority for the separation of enlisted personnel. Chapter 14 establishes policy and prescribes procedures for separating members for misconduct. Specific categories include minor disciplinary infractions, a pattern of misconduct, and commission of a serious offense, to include abuse of illegal drugs, convictions by civil authorities and desertion or being absent without leave. Action will be taken to separate a member for misconduct when it is clearly established that rehabilitation is impractical or unlikely to succeed. Army policy states that an under other than honorable conditions discharge is normally considered appropriate; however, a general, under honorable conditions or an honorable discharge may be granted.
2. Army Regulation 635-200, paragraph 3-7a, provides that an honorable discharge is a separation with honor and entitles the recipient to benefits provided by law. The honorable characterization is appropriate when the quality of the members service generally has met the standards of acceptable conduct and performance of duty for Army personnel, or is otherwise so meritorious that any other characterization would be clearly inappropriate. Whenever there is doubt, it is to be resolved in favor of the individual.
3. Army Regulation 635-200, paragraph 3-7b, provides that a general discharge is a separation from the Army under honorable conditions. When authorized, it is issued to a Soldier whose military record is satisfactory but not sufficiently meritorious to warrant an honorable discharge. A characterization of under honorable conditions may be issued only when the reason for the Soldiers separation specifically allows such characterization.
DISCUSSION AND RECOMMENDATION:
1. The applicants request for an upgrade of the characterization of his discharge was carefully considered. However, after examining the applicants record of service, his military records, the issues and documents submitted with the application, there are insufficient mitigating factors to merit an upgrade of the applicant’s discharge.
2. The applicants record is void of the specific facts and circumstances concerning the events which led to his discharge from the Army. However, the applicants record does contain a properly constituted DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), which was authenticated by the applicant’s signature. This document identifies the reason and characterization of the discharge and the presumption of government regularity shall prevail in the discharge process.
3. The DD Form 214 indicates the applicant was discharged under the provisions of Chapter 14, AR 635-200, paragraph 14-12b, by reason of pattern of misconduct, with a characterization of service of general, under honorable conditions. Barring evidence to the contrary, it appears that all requirements of law and regulation were met and the rights of the applicant were fully protected throughout the separation process.
4. The applicant contends that he was young and immature at the time of the discharge. The record shows the applicant met entrance qualification standards to include age. There is no evidence to indicate the applicant was any less mature than other Soldiers of the same age who successfully completed military service.
5. The applicants contentions were carefully considered. However, it is not possible to determine if these contentions have merit because the complete facts and circumstances leading to the discharge are unknown. The burden of proof remains with the applicant to provide the appropriate documents or other evidence (i.e. discharge packet) sufficient to explain the facts, circumstances, and reasons underlying the separation action, for the Board’s consideration. If the applicant desires a personal appearance hearing, it will be his responsibility to meet this burden of proof since the evidence is not available in the official record.
6. Therefore, based on the available evidence and the government presumption of regularity, it appears the reason for discharge and the characterization of service were both proper and equitable, thus recommend the Board deny relief.
SUMMARY OF ARMY DISCHARGE REVIEW BOARD HEARING:
Type of Hearing: Records Review Date: 24 November 2014 Location: Washington, DC
Did the Applicant Testify, NA
Character Change: 0 No Change: 5
Reason Change: 0 No Change: 5
(Board member names available upon request)
Board Action Directed:
Issue a new DD Form 214: No
Change Characterization to: No Change
Change Reason to: No Change
Change Authority for Separation: NA
Change RE Code to: NA
Grade Restoration to: NA
AMHRR – Army Military Human Resource Record FG – Field Grade IADT Initial Active Duty Training RE – Reentry
AWOL – Absent Without Leave GD – General Discharge NA – Not applicable SCM- Summary Court Martial
BCD – Bad Conduct Discharge HS – High School NIF – Not in File SPCM – Special Court Martial
CG – Company Grade Article 15 HD – Honorable Discharge OAD – Ordered to Active Duty UNC – Uncharacterized Discharge
CID – Criminal investigation Department MP Military Police OMPF – Official Military Personnel File UOTHC – Under Other Than Honorable Conditions
ADRB Case Report and Directive (cont) AR20140000468
Page 5 of 5 pages
ARMY DISCHARGE REVIEW BOARD (ADRB)
CASE REPORT AND DIRECTIVE