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If I receive an Article 15 and I am not flagged does this invalidate my punishment?

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Punishment and administrative flags are two separate actions handled under two different regulations.  You are supposed to be flagged during the punishment phase of the Article 15.  You should be counseled within 2 or 3 days of the flag being imposed and removed.

Lack of a flag does not invalid the punishment….you always have the right to appeal if you elected to do so…you can also request to appeal even if you initially elected not appeal but the appealing authority does not have to hear your case unless they desire to do so.

Hope this helps to some degree.

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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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