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Admin Separations

An administrative separation board for enlisted personnel and a board of inquiry for an officer are hearings used to separate service members for a variety of reasons. Common reasons for such boards include:

  • Poor Duty Performance
  • Insubordination
  • Weight or health issues
  • A pattern of misconduct
  • A civilian criminal conviction
  • Criminal conduct under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)
  • Drug abuse
  • Besides forcing you out of the service, the hearing can result in an other than honorable characterization of service. This type of hearing has limited procedural rules and the Rules of Military Evidence do not apply. The person representing the command will likely have a significant amount of experience in conducting these hearings. The members of the board are picked by the separation authority. The deck is stacked against you. You must have someone beside you that gives you a fighting chance before the local command and with the separation authority.

    - John Schum, Honolulu Criminal Defense Attorney and Military Lawyer

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