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Navy Reserves put me under RE code 4 for not showing up to drills. Can they do this?
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Navy Reserves put me under RE code 4 for not showing up to drills. Can they do this?

Long story short, I signed up when I was 19, single mother of one. I was told if I signed up reserve, I was able to go active after wards. Little did I know then, I was being lied to. So after I joined, never went to boot camp, wasn't assigned no job, went to one drill and then stopped going. I stopped going because the recruiter that signed me up, avoided helping me in trying to get me to go active. I learned later that I had to give up full rights of my son, and I didn't want this. Now, almost eight-nine years later, I'm married and want to join, I can't. The reserves put a code of RE 4 on my record, so I can't join any branch. What can I do?? Need help. I was told to talk to my congressman, or fill out DD form149. I wanted to go active before I was reserve, but I was sold bull----- then, and never went back.
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I know that I didn't, but the recruiter told me that f I didn't go out to bootcamp that I wasn't "officially "in the reserves.


    




2010-08-04 07:33:20 +0000
"When I called Tennessee, they told me they have no records of me, just my enlistment and my discharge."

"Enlistment and discharge" isn't "no records." It's the two most important record in anyone's file. You need to get copies of that DD4 and DD214, proving that you never signed the DD4, you were never in the Navy Reserve, and therefore the reenlistment code is erroneous. Unless you did, in fact, sign a DD4. In that case you joined the Navy Reserve, performed unsatisfactorily, and were discharged.


2010-08-04 11:41:58 +0000
yes they can do that. once you sign a contract in the Reserves you ARE IN.. therefore you went UA/AWOL/Deserted when you did not attend drill. there is no second swear in for Reserves.. that contract you originally signed was it.

you attended one Drill, therefore you were fully committed to the Navy Reserrves and thus any subsequent failures to drill were chargeable offenses.

you screwed yourself. no one to blame here but you


2010-08-04 13:28:18 +0000
You are out of luck. You got the RE-4 for AWOL and this will not be changed.

The reserve components are somewhat different from active duty in that you are assigned an MTOE slot in a unit the day you sign the enlistment papers. Thus your name appears on the unit's roster and you are expected to show up for drills. When you failed to show up for your drills you was accounted for as an 'unexcused abensce' and soon they decided to get rid of you in order to open up that slot for somebody who was going to show up.

You will never be allowed back into the military.


2010-08-04 06:24:52 +0000
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Huh? You never went to boot camp? There something not right with this story.


2010-08-04 13:06:02 +0000
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If you never went to Basic, then you were never a soldier, there is no RE4 code that is stopping you...from the reserves, and that is why they have no record of you, just because the reserves has a RE4 on your DD214 does not mean you have a DD214 at ARPERCOM in ST Louis, MO, so you can join. If ARPERCOM does not have you in the system, then the DD214 from the reserve unit is invalid.
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2010-08-04 07:51:53 +0000
if you never went to bootcamp then you were never in the military, reserve or not. You shouldnt have any discharge papers. You sign your contract the day you leave.


2010-08-04 06:23:38 +0000
Actions have consequences.

You cannot just "not show up" you entered into an obligation and decided not to honor it.





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