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I am in OSUT and got caught with tobacco; was recommended for an Article-What can I expect? 15 – What can I expect?

I was caught with contraband (tobacco) in OSUT. I was told I was going to receive a field grade article 15, but I never received A counseling statement saying I was. Also, a Drill Sergeant told me I was getting an ELS, but I haven't got a counseling statement for that either. I have 14 days before I reach my 180 days in service. What can I expect?

They have up to 2 years to process an Article 15.  Odds are the JAG is just running a little slow, and it may take a month or two to process the paperwork.  I would be surprised if they hit you with an Article 15 at the field grade level.  I could see a summary or company grade.  They may wait until you graduate to administer an article 15, but that seems unlikely in my opinion.

The best bet might be just to lay low, be the model professional Soldier, and hope it blows over.  You might find the related posts useful:

posted on 11/01/2013 under Q&A
Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training..

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