I left the military during my contract and just wondering if it's serious since nobody has came looking for me since.

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Customer: I left the military during my contract and just wondering if it's serious since nobody has came looking for me since
JA: Are you overseas or stateside?
Customer: Stateside
JA: Have you talked to a JAG attorney about this? Or anyone in the chain of command?
Customer: No it's been a couple since this happened
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Customer: No
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Alr. So did u read what I asked or would u like me to tell u certain things or
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I left the military during my contract and just wondering if it's serious since nobody has came looking for me since

The answer depends a bit on context (what happened) but generally speaking, if you go AWOL (absent without leave) and are gone for more than several months, the military will typically separate you with a bad discharge.

They do not "come looking for you" in most cases, more often they issue a warrant for your arrest

Please let me know if you have more questions. Happy to help if I can.

Customer
Do they do the discharge in silence or would I be arrested and put in a court where they charge me with the discharge. I'm gonna get my license this year and wanna know if I get pulled over that I won't have a warrant on my record
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P. Simmons, Expert

They can not discharge in silence...they have to mail you notice, to the home of record in your military files.

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How long ago did you leave?

Customer
2018. Do u suggest I clear this up
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P. Simmons, Expert

Which service?  Army?  Marines?

Customer
Army.
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P. Simmons, Expert

I would start with this form
https://www.archives.gov/files/research/order/standard-form-180.pdf

Mail it in and ask for your entire military file including your discharge.

If you get the discharge in the response, you are out...otherwise you may still be in

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If you do not see a discharge (or they do not send you any records) then you are likely still in and may want to turn yourself into the local recruiters office

Customer
Online it says it's a serious crime and people say all these bad things if u do it. How bad is it compared with murders and rapes etc...
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P. Simmons, Expert

If you are still in and turn yourself in they will process you out.  It is not serious.

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Request the discharge first...most likely you are already out

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The Marine Corps is the only service that rarely separates after 6 months or so

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P. Simmons, Expert

sorry, request the records to see if you have the discharge

Customer
I did get a Leave and earning statement last year from them . I think it's an LES. Might have been 2020. Not sure
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P. Simmons, Expert

Request the records…that will answer the question. Or just drive to the recruiting office as they can check
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Or you can present to the local police...they can check for a warrant.

Customer
I don't got the balls for that man. I'll fill out the form. I'll let you know how it goes if your interested
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P. Simmons, Expert

Please. Should not take more than a few weeks from when you mail it in. Make sure to sign the form.
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If they respond and say they got no records? That’s a problem.
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Otherwise they’ll send you your discharge and life will go on.
Customer
Damn alr.
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Best of luck
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Customer
I can fill the form online right . It says I can request or is it better by mail
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P. Simmons, Expert

Sign and mail
Customer
I got an email with my papers and it doesn't say that I'm out. It does say September 2019 I went overseas and return date July 2020. Nothing else really .
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P. Simmons, Expert

Wow...that was quick.

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Seriously...you got a response from National Archives already?

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Normally it takes a few weeks

Customer
I did it online not in mail bc they are low staff for covid
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P. Simmons, Expert

Thanks
SO no discharge listed? That is a problem...that tells me you are still in...

Customer
Who decides to proceed with a discharge? The company commander or some higher up person I don't know
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P. Simmons, Expert

Battalion is the one that starts the process

Customer
I can send you screeenshots of specific files if u like . Basically just shows my contract and the one that says I went overseas
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P. Simmons, Expert

If there is no record of discharge then you are still in

Customer
Rip. So should I have a lawyer look into it. My goal is to avoid any time. I don't mind fines or a bad discharge as long as I don't get time
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P. Simmons, Expert

You can certainly pay a lawyer if you like. If I were you I would just travel to the local recruiter and turn yourself in. And plan for three to six months before you are fully out.

Customer
Would I have to be in the base for those 3 to 6 months or living my regular life
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P. Simmons, Expert

You will be subject to military rules for that time while they process you out

Customer
Idk about that. I'm not tryna go back. Can I talk with people that finished a contract and went to another duty station. They added me on Facebook couple years ago. It was the platoon leader.
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P. Simmons, Expert

You can talk to whomever you like.  But if you are still in then likely they have issued a warrant to arrest you

Customer
Alr man I'll see what I will do.
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best of luck with this fight.

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