GI Rights Hotline

Military Discharges and Military Counseling

Call 1-877-447-4487

Failure of an Enlisted Reservist to Report for Initial Training

An enlisted member of a reserve component who fails to report for initial training (meaning does not report to the MEPS on the date that they are scheduled to begin boot camp or basic training) is normally separated from the military with an entry level separation (ELS), provided they are no longer willing to report for a rescheduled date. The same applies to Army Reservists, including members of the Army National Guard, who fail to report for either phase I or phase II of a “split-option” initial training. See special note for information on possible additional penalties for members of the National Guard.