IRR Delay and Exemption Appeals: An Update

Recent News about IRR D&E, Delay and Exemption Appeals

IRR Delay and Exemption Appeals:   This Post and Page updates material previously published on my website at 

Over the past several weeks, I’ve fielded calls from IRR Soldiers facing involuntary mobilization, who submitted requests for exemption to STL on their own, and who have been denied. 

A group of orders published 9 October 2009 hit mailboxes and front stoops a few days later.   

I simply want to point out again that a Soldier has the absolute right per regulation to appeal an adverse decision by the HRC (Human Resources Command), St Louis, commander.  There are, however, some deadlines, and a few other points to keep uppermost in mind:

  1. You have 14 days from the date of denial to submit a written  appeal application;  
  2. Once your written appeal is logged in at HRC, you may  have some additional time to perfect or add to the appeal, but those additional time limits have been shrinking since the new HRC commander assumed his position late June 2009.
  3. Depending on what and how the evidence is presented in the appeal packet, it may get a relook – or reconsideration — by the HRC St Louis commander;
  4. If, on reconsideration, the appeal packet is denied, the entire packet will then go forward to HRC Alexandria for a Board look, recommendation and final action by the CG, (Commanding General), HRC Alexandria;
  5. It’s critical, therefore, to get your ducks in a row for the appeal as soon as possible after receiving notice of disapproval on the initial request. 

We can help you.  Call my office and together this time, we’ll review the case and see how we can get you squared away.

Bill Meili, 27 October 2009,  214.363.1828

See our Website Homepage at for a list of testimonials from former clients.


A Recent IRR Delay and Exemption Client Shares Relief

If you are reading this right now, you are in the same shoes I was in 4 months ago.

I remember that day in April when I opened my door and saw my packet of orders to go to Iraq. I had no idea that the Army would call me back being that I was on IRR. I felt instant grief, followed by a great sense of urgency to get something done so that I could continue with my life. A full-time student and part-time loan officer for an accredited company, I could not deal with this at this time – especially since I had many personal issues that had to be dealt with that absolutely needed my presence. I rushed and called anyone I knew that could help get me exempt from my orders. I then looked online to see if there were any resources for me to get help, and of course, I found very little. That is until I found Bill Meili’s website.
I instantly thought “maybe I should do this on my own”, but then I read the testimonials and found that Bill was the real deal. I also felt that if I did it on my own, my chances of getting an exemption versus a delay would be slim – a risk I could not take. After giving it some thought, I called his office and told him what was going on. Bill had a real gift for making me feel relaxed and comforted, and after a good conversation, we went to work. Bill worked hard to get my case resolved from the moment I decided to work with him. Soon enough, after about a month of waiting, my orders got delayed. Then after another month or so, I received a call that uttered the words I’ll never forget – “Your orders are hereby revoked”.

I cannot express in paper nor in person the sense of relief I felt hearing those words, and it was all due to the continued effort of Bill Meili. I am greatly pleased with his work on my case, and amazed at the professionalism he exuded throughout. Bill Meili is truly a great military lawyer. He will not stop until your case is resolved in your favor. If you have any doubts, I hope my testimonial will at least uplift you and be evidence of the fact that there is help – right here, right now. I want to say thank you Bill for your help, hard work and support. And to the Soldier – don’t worry, don’t panic and relax. Help is right here.
Specialist B

I received the above testimonial from SPC B on 19 August 2009. I want to thank him and the many others who have shared their experience, strength and hope on this website. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be of service.

Thank you.

Bill Meili
214.363.1828 (Dallas Office)