It is illegal for the Armed forces to conscript a person without some form of 'out' for the individual who is serving.
Otherwise it would be akin to 'indenturement or slavery' from what I was told back in 1972... when I requested discharge from the Air Force under a very little known approved proceedure.
It was 'AFM SGQ200 Request for Discharge' 'For the good of the Service'
Which means that an individual, who is serving, and who believes it to be in the services best interest to release or discharge the individual, can do so under honorable conditions. And with benefits as well... Other armed service branches must have their own manuals and section which allows for this request.
I did just that.
30 days after submitting my request I was granted a full discharge (with no reserve or inactive duty requirement) and I was also given a VA disability for Bronchitis to boot. My discharge had absolutely nothing to do with any disability, as that was not diagnosed until months afterward.
It had everything to do with the reasons I made for the request to be discharged.
I made clear to them that I would not be an upstanding airman and I would have to be told what to do at every turn. I would not ascribe to hair styles and would not ever wear my uniform offbase. I also made clear the I felt the AF recruited some halfway intelligent people, then turned them into a bunch of sibling idiots where everyone came out talking the same walking the same and looking the same and I absolutely refused to be shaped by their cookie cutter process. I objected to everything the service stood for and would be a constant burden for them to have around... and that I believed it would be in the best interest of the service to just let me the hell out.
and they did...
I still have my DD214 with the reason for discharge, and that is was honorable, and there was no reserve or inactive time left for me to need consider... I never even had to register for the draft afterwards...
So,,, while all those men were returning from Nam with self induced drug problems, and getting dishonorable discharges as a result, there was a much simpler and legitimate way...
they kept telling me to read the manuals... read the manuals... and that is where I found the little known 'out' that exists for anyone brave enough to stand up to them and say "I don't fit so let me out, it's for the good of the service".
I wish I could let every service man know this little bit of information... so they don't have to spend time behind bars before aquireing their freedom...
I don't know what YOU do but there it is...
Help them if you can...
...some just don't fit in... it should not be a crime.
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