I was in the Navy for 7 months and 5 days, but I got discharged, so I want to try to join the Army or the Marine Corps if it'll be possible.
*May 25th- I went to USN boot camp.
*July 22nd- Pass In Review.
*September 4th- A shipmate turned me and 3 other shipmates in for underage drinking. Went to DRB, XOI, and CO's Mast.
*September 15th-28th- 14 days restriction, 14 days extra duty, dropped to phase 1 liberty status.
*October 25th-November 23rd- Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program at the Naval Hospital. Treatment success.
*November 24th- A shipmate turned me and 2 other shipmates in for underage drinking and riding in a privately owned vehicle while on a phase 1 liberty status. Went to DRB-- CMC said he had no choice but to drop the underage drinking charge at the DRB level because he had no evidence-- Went to XOI for riding in a POV, and XO picked back up the underage drinking charge-- Went to CO's Mast.
*December 12th-January 10th- 30 days restriction, forfeiture of 1/2 a month's pay for 2 months, processed for separation from the USN for a pattern of misconduct. And because I was involved in another alcohol related incident after successfully completing treatment, I'm now considered a treatment failure.
*December 19th- Legal Brief.
*December 30th- Discharge Date. General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions. RE-4 Code.
I don't know if this is true, especially for a misconduct case, but Legal told me it's possible for me to go on BCNR and get my RE-4 changed to an RE-3, so I can re-enlist into one of the other services. They said it's pretty simple to get your code changed. So I guess I have to do that and hopefully it will work, because with an RE-4 you can't re-enlist at all. But I heard the RE codes are used by the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, so even with an RE-4, I could join the Army. But I don't know if that's true. And I think it's supposed to take about 6 months to get your code changed, or you have to wait 6 months til you can try to get it changed or something like that.
But then even with an RE-3, I don't know if the Marines or the Army would take me because of the misconduct and the treatment failure, because there were people from Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Air Force all in the program when I was in it-- And if you failed treatment, I know you got kicked out of the Navy, so if they all use the same program, maybe they won't let an alcohol treatment failure re-enlist. And I'm not sure if The Army uses the program as well.
Before I joined the Navy, and while I've been away in the Navy, I've been getting mail and phone calls from Army and Marine Corps recruiters, I guess because they had access to my test scores, but one time an Army recruiter came up to me at the gym and said he always saw me working out and tried to talk to me about the Army, but that was after I already was in the Navy DEP. I didn't have any issues the first time I enlisted, like no health or family or legal issues or anything like that, so it was easy to get me in the Navy. And I heard that right now they're both having trouble making mission and have been having a lot of trouble for awhile, so maybe they would be willing to work with me.
I worked hard in the Navy during the work day, we just cleaned all the time, but I got my hands dirty with everybody else. And I was great with my room inspections and uniform inspections, I had my military bearing down, I had good relationships with everyone, I stood my watches fine, was duty driver a few times without any issues, on time for muster. And I almost always just hung around base on weekdays during liberty, I only drank on weekends when I went off base, 'cause I knew I couldn't drink on base after being turned in and caught the 1st time. But the 2nd time none of us were caught at all, but the following morning, this girl wrote a statement about us that we had been drinking the night before. It's annoying, 'cause she's underage and was also drinking, and I have no idea whatsoever why she told on us. And I had ELEVEN witnesses come to my CO'S Mast and say that they hadn't seen me drinking, which most of them hadn't anyways, 'cause it was Thanksgiving, and we were all at a hotel cooking food and hanging out, and I didn't start drinking til I went in the head with this guy. But the CO still found all 3 of us guilty and punished all 3 of us, because I guess they don't really need evidence, and 1 girl writing a statement was good enough for him. And I didn't say anything to her or request to have her at my Mast, butthe girl even came to my Mast and said she wasn't really sure what she saw, and she could've been wrong. That pissed me off.
So I'm trying to get into one of the other services now. My drinking never affected my work. Nobody ever got hurt because I was drinking. I only drank on weekends with people I felt like I could trust. And I don't depend on alcohol, it doesn't control my life or anything. So I don't feel like I don't deserve to be in the Military, because I never loved my life more than I have since being in the Navy. I really think that I was meant for Military service, and it's where I felt like I fit in.
So that's what I want to know, will I be able to re-enlist into one of the other services, especially the Marine Corps? And does anyone know anything different than what I've written, about getting codes changed and all that stuff?