Competency Review Board
If you have committed minor misconduct and the Commander wants to take your rank, a competency review board is a mechanism at his disposal. Similar challenges concerning the Command's representative and members being selected by the Commander make this an uphill battle. You need an experienced litigator to fight for your rank and prevent the loss of pay that would accompany a reduction in grade.
If you suffer a severe injury that makes you unable to perform your job or makes you unqualified for further service, a physical evaluation board will be held. This board will determine whether you can stay in the service or if they recommend separation, how much disability you may receive. With strain on the Veteran's Administration, you do not want to be out of a job when you injured. This injury may keep you from finding employment to earn a living for you and your family. If you are injured and the military is trying to medically separate you, you need to have someone there fighting to keep you employed while you are healing. If you are forced to leave the service, you need to get the amount of disability you are entitled to and not what some administrator wants to pay you to preserve their budget.
If you ever fail selection and believe that you were treated unfairly or that your record was incorrect, there are steps you can take to request a special selection board or to make yourself more competitive on a future board. An attorney that has been successful in these situations is worth his price in gold. You will likely only have one chance to correct this unfortunate situation. Don't risk your one opportunity by attempting to do this on your own.
- John Schum, Honolulu Criminal Defense Attorney