Given a choice, most employers avoid hiring individuals with a General Discharge.
Some benefits are lost–with the GI Bill being the most significant one.
This characterization is eligible for consideration at the Discharge Review Board. This individuals is viewed as having serious problems with discipline and conduct.
Almost all employers avoid hiring these individuals due to their military record.
These are normally imposed during initial entry training for individuals with less than 6 months of service.
While not considered to be adverse in nature, they can still stigmatize a former servicemember as someone who lacked the motivation or ability to complete basic training.
A former servicemember’s record of service (DD Form 214) tells a story about their sacrifices for our nation. Sometimes, however, the tale is less than honorable.
Too often, hardworking service members find themselves out of the military with something less than an Honorable Discharge.
With any discharge upgrade case, receiving a result like this is our #1 goal.
In this case, the former service member was originally discharged with an Other Than Honorable Discharge, and the prior reason for discharge was “In Lieu of Court-Martial.” When leaving the military, members receive a Department of Defense Form 214 (or an NGB-22, if National Guard).
These are “Punitive Discharges” and are extremely stigmatizing.
The abiltity to find meaninful employment and future success are hurt by both the discharge and the court-martial convictions.
However, a DD-214 with adverse information can impair a veteran’s ability to secure meaningful professional opportunities.