Military Administrative Separation

Administrative separation is a discharge from the military. This can be for any number of reasons, and can be honorable, general, or other than honorable. The differences between these types of discharges can have major implications on your life after military service.

Reasons for Separation

Many different things can lead to a discharge, including:

  • Drug abuse
  • Insubordination
  • Nonperformance of duties or poor performance of duties
  • Pattern of misconduct
  • Other disciplinary infractions

Not all reasons are equal when it comes to discharge, and therefore can lead to different outcomes.

Recent Case Results

A master sergeant at Fort Bragg, North Carolina was accused of child abuse and sent to an administrative separation board. After some extensive investigation, we were able to appear before the separation board where the charges were deemed unsubstantiated. The master sergeant was retained and will continue his career.

Child abuse charges unsubstantiated; client retained in the Army


A petty officer first class in the Navy was sent to an administrative separation board after a routine urinalysis came back positive for THC. Appearing before the administrative separation board, the firm was able to successfully argue on the client’s behalf, saving his career.

The client was retained in the Navy and allowed to retire.

Separation Process

If the military is pursuing administrative separation, the service member will be notified in writing the reason for separation and the recommended characterization of service. An honorable discharge is the most positive, but a general discharge is not a mark of shame. Any other characterization of service reflects negatively on the person who received the mark.

If you are facing Administrative Separation, experienced legal advice is invaluable. Going before an Administrative Separation Board is potentially life-changing and it is imperative that you have an experienced advocate on your side.

Garrison Wood is an experienced military defense attorney who can help argue your case to get a better decision if you are being faced with an administrative discharge from the military.

If you or someone you know is being faced with Administrative Separation, contact Garrison Military Law today to schedule a free review of your case.

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