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Can I receive a Relief for Cause and be separated for the same offense?

I got in trouble and I am in the process of receiving a relief for cause. In addition the command says they are going to punish me even more by either separation or courts martial. Can they do that? What can I do?

A relief for cause evaluation is not punishment. However, the command does have options if they decide to punish you:

  • Letter of reprimand/admonition
  • UCMJ
  • courts martial
  • separation

The command can pursue any of these options separately, or in combination.

What options do you have? You can appeal the NCOER or request a Commander’s Inquiry (see AR 623-3 for details). You may be entitled to see a separation board depending on your time in service (see AR 635-200 for details). If you received an Article 15 you have a right to an appeal (see AR 27-10 for details).

posted on 12/15/2010 under Q&A
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