Great Lakes, IL asked in Military Law for Illinois

Q: I might be getting punished for Unauthorized Absence.

Ive recently been caught as technically UA because I didn't report to 'holds" after graduating from A school. Instead, I decided to only show up for the all hands musters, and take walking passes to various destinations like the college counseling center and the library (all passes signed by senior petty officers mind you) while flying under the radar, I did this for four days straight, while not technically on the holds muster sheet but still showing up to all hands musters and standing my assigned watches. It was only until I was inadvertently walked in on by a barracks petty officer that my little scheme was exposed. she claims I've been trying to outsmart the system, to which I've claimed ignorance, saying I didn't know I had to report to holds and was told by a yeoman (who has conveniently shipped out) i didnt have to. They have decided to SAF me and warned me this could very well go to captains mast. I have been SAFed once before for accidentally sleeping past muster (the case en

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Angelina Bradley
Angelina Bradley
  • Military Law Lawyer
  • Monterey Park, CA

A: Your submission doesn't really state a question, but if you're asking what your options and exposure are, you have a couple options. Head to the DSO North detachment during walk-in hours for a PERSREP appointment, which will be free, or reach out to a civilian military justice practitioner like myself for a consultation.

Good luck.

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