Reservists who move beyond a “reasonable” distance from their training units cannot be punished for not attending drills, contrary to what some members hear from their commands. Callers to the GI Rights Hotline report threats of unexcused absences and even attempts by their command to chapter them out of the reserves for unsatisfactory participation. Such measures, while intimidating, are not backed by the regulations and can be successfully challenged.
Do you know your rights? Call 1-877-447-4487 to get help!
Are you in the military or thinking about joining? Are you unsure of where to get reliable answers? Call the GI Rights Hotline at 1-877-447-4487.
- Call for yourself or someone you care about
- Free and confidential
- One hotline for a nationwide network of counseling centers
The GI Rights Hotline provides accurate, helpful counseling and information on military discharges, AWOL and UA, and GI Rights:
Why should I call 1-877-447-4487?
The GI Rights Network is a private, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that answers thousands of calls from military personnel and their families. There are many reasons for these calls. You can call us for help with any of the following issues:
- DEP Discharges (Delayed Entry Program)
- Entry Level Separation
- Dependency or Hardship Discharges
- Medical or Disability Discharges
- ODPMC or Psychological Discharges
- Conscientious Objection Discharges
- Homosexual Conduct Discharges
- Reservist Unsatisfactory Participation
- AWOL or UA
- Reservist Mobilization
- Article 138 Complaints
- Harassment or Discrimination
What will happen when I call?
- Your call will be directed to the a Network counseling center in your region.
- You will be helped by a trained GI counselor.
- If a counselor is unavailable, you may leave a voice message, or contact the Hotline by eMail or text message.
Our trained civilian counselors are ready to help you sort out your options.
Call now — the call and the service are free and confidential.
Often times people in the military are tricked, coerced, or misinformed into believing that they must sign certain documents such as extensions, reenlistments, job reclassifications, or an agreement to spend a remaining service obligation in an active guard unit. Most of the time such agreements are voluntary, but because of command pressure, the person signing them thinks they have no choice. The command creates the impression that the person must sign and then, after the fact, tells the person that they voluntarily agreed. However, if the command has the authority to require the military member to take an action, they can just cut an order. Being asked to sign normally indicates that the action is voluntary.