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Can I appeal an Article 15 after I initially decline?

I am in AIT and recently got an Article 15: 14/14. I was given the Article 15 unfairly in that I have previously done similar things but did not do it this time and was blamed for it. It simply isn't fair. My commander stated during the Article 15 hearing that he found me guilty of my reputation (being sarcastic and a goofball). What can I do? Can I appeal this even though I initially turned down the appeal? Will they hold be back in AIT longer than required?

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I have good news and bad news. The good news is you do have an option: go back in and request an appeal. Even though you initially denied, most commands will usually allow it to go forward. AR 27-10 allows up to 5 days for an individual to determine if they would like to appeal. Then you must submit your defense to the Battalion Commander. He can then determine to let the punishment stand, reduce the punishment, or totally revoke the punishment. A total revocation is rare but they do happen if you can prove you were correct or that the punishment is too harsh for the offense.

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