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FF Sparks (Casual)

My Brother Gets Discharged

So, my younger brother managed to get himself into a bit of trouble. It seems that he'd picked up an illegal AK-47 over in Iraq, to have a spare weapon. Apparently many of the men had done this... but as my brother was seeing combat situations, he got ahold of and decided to start taking steroids. So, the army offers this "come forward and own up to any regulations breaches, and you'll be granted amnesty."

Being more gullible even than me at times, my brother does this. Of course, the amnesty turned out to just be a ruse to get everyone to come forward. So, Michael found himself facing the option of going before a review and fighting it, and getting his record cleared... or being shipped home to serve time in a military brig before getting a discharge.

Many of the other soldiers caught in this fought it, got their records cleared and remained in Iraq. My brother, however, decided to say nothing in his defense. He's been shipped home and tossed in the brig. When he's released, he'll get a general discharge (not a dishonorable, but not the honorable discharge he was headed for). It'll be rough for a while for my sister-in-law while Michael's in the brig, but when he's out and is discharged, they'll be leaving Fayetteville and coming home.

My sister-in-law is evidently not sure whether to be relieved and happy -- she hates Fayetteville and is looking forward to coming home, and is very relieved that my brother got home safely and is not going to get shot at anymore -- or angry at Michael for being an idiot and having steroids. I'm more amused and relieved than anything else.

Of course, apparently the folks who got their records cleared and are staying in Iraq are going 'daaaamn, I really should've just taken the disciplinary discharge...'

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All to the good to get him back home where his wife can keep an eye on him. ;b
Well, that's one way to do it, I guess...
I'm glad he's safe and coming home!! I'd prefer my brother to be in the brig than in combat, too, especially if he's only there for breaking regs by trying to find ways to increase his chances of survival.

You should use this opportunity to razz him for the rest of his life, though. ;)
Oh, we just wish he did the regs violations as a way to get home; that would've been clever. He hadn't planned it; he just took the opportunity when it arose.

Though yes, at least the steroid use was to give him an edge in combat, and the AK-47 was to have a spare weapon, when he was seeing other guys get brought in shot up and stuff.
Well, that's just ducky. Sure, he'll come home in one piece, barring Murphy... but it's sure going to put a crimp in the legions' morale...

Do you mind if I link to this in my own journal? I consider it one more nail in the coffin of Junior's re-election campaign....
It's good to hear that he's coming home in one piece. It's also good to hear that he's getting a general discharge so that a few mistakes in the Army won't follow him around in the rest of the world.

And whatever else happened, he's served his country and that's worthy of recognition.