GI Rights Hotline

Military Discharges and Military Counseling

Call 1-877-447-4487

What are the consequences if I do not go to MEPS on my ship date?

You will get out of the military. As described above it may take some time before it is finalized, but eventually everyone who has not reported has been released. We have never seen withdrawing from the DEP have any effect on things like employment, bank loans, school eligibility, or your legal record. This is the case for non-citizens as well as citizens. In fact the military will normally let someone who has gotten out of the DEP enlist again. Some employment applications ask about military service.Generally people do not list DEP time on employment application reasoning that they were never in an active pay status.