Officer Separation/Show Cause Boards, Elimination Boards
Our military forces are in one of the largest drawdown of forces ever in its history. It has been reported by news media across the country that the military intends to discharge over 50,000 service members in the next five years. If you have been caught up in this wave, call Mr. Gapasin at Newsom & Gapasin, Attorneys at Law. it is very possible that you are being unfairly separated. Mr. Gapasin has counseled hundreds of service members facing separation, and he has litigated many of these to a board decision.
Mr. Gapasin is well-versed on those regulations dealing with Officer Elimination Boards, Active Duty Enlisted Administrative Separations, and Enlisted Administrative Separations (National Guard and Reserves). Contact Mr. Gapasin to ensure that you are being allowed to exercise your rights when you are facing a separation board. Service members who are entitled to a board may submit a waiver contingent on the approving authority agreeing to a certain type of discharge, but make sure you are not waiving away your rights. One way to make sure is to contact Newsom & Gapasin in order to make an informed decision.
If you are pending a board, Mr. Gapasin will confirm that you have the proper documentation in your separation packet such as the Commander’s Memo, the Chain of Command Recommendations, and your Election of Rights document. By calling the firm, you will also learn the difference in benefits if you receive different types of discharges, i.e., Honorable, General Under Honorable Conditions, Other Than Honorable, and Dishonorable.
What many service members facing separation do not know is that you have the right to cross-examine witnesses, request your own witnesses to testify on your behalf. If you are facing separation, do not lightly consider your career and fail to appear before the board fully prepared. Contact Newsom & Gapasin to discuss your pending separation and what to expect.