The Mayer Law Blog

Preparing for a Discharge Upgrade: Resume’

Posted May 19th, 2016 in Military Law

A common question in military discharge upgrade cases:

Does my post-service conduct matter?

Answer: Yes. However, you must make your resume’ impressive and meaningful. As a discharge upgrade lawyer, I’ve seen this make a difference.

If you want to maximize your chances of earning an upgrade to your military discharge focus on these 3 (or 4) areas.

  1. Education. At a college or trade school, seek opportunities to improve and further your education.
  2. Employment. Show dedication to your trade or profession. Seek and earn opportunities to lead and manage.
  3. Community. Give back to your community by joining a charitable organization. Be diligent, active, and involved.
  4. (If your discharge was a result of alcohol/drugs) Sobriety. Participate actively in drug rehabilitation or counseling. The most popular of these are Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. However, there are many organizations like them that seek to promote long-term recovery and sobriety. Participate meaningfully and earn recognitions for your sobriety.

While excellent post-service conduct is great, it alone will not earn an upgrade. However, it is an important piece of the overall application.

2 Responses

  1. Timothy says:

    This is absolutely beneficial to me. I am on the fence right now about hiring an attorney to aid me in my pursuit of a discharge upgrade from General Under Honorable Conditions to a Honorable, Narrative change, and RE Code change and this website is a blessing to have stumbled upon. It has been four and a half years since I was admin sepped and I have felt the negative impact of having a less than Honorable discharge , biggest of all losing the GI Bill. I can only hope that I somehow am able to come up with the funds to hire such an attorney because preparing all of this work is painstaking. Please wish me luck and hopefully if I come up with the money we can work together.

    Semper Fidelis!

    • eric says:

      We wish you the absolute best of luck. Luckily, it sounds like you are on the right track. Great job being proactive and realistic as you move forward.