Army Reserve Medical Officer Resignations — A Few Observations

Resigning a military commission can be difficult. The regulatory and policy procedures required for an Army Reserve medical officer to resign his or her commission can present significant challenges, not to mention the fact that medical officer resignations currently require up to four or five levels of command and staff recommendations before final decision. The entire process can easily last six to eight months. I’m aware of cases which have lingered — unresolved — for three years or more, which is clearly against the best interests of all parties concerned, including the Army.

While each officer resignation case is different, one common thread appears in many of the Army Reserve medical officer resignation cases I’ve handled: Invariably, the medical officer has had extremely limited contact with a unit or higher headquarters, is not well-known to the system, and is often quite unfamiliar with how the Army “works” institutionally. As a result, the AMEDD officer’s file usually has been “flagged” for failure to participate, or failure to update various credentialing and other administrative requirements, which only adds to the overall stress.

Having said all that, there is a proper and efficient way to handle an Army medical officer’s resignation.

If you’re an AMEDD officer, contemplating resigning your commission — or if you’re already bogged down in the process and need additional assistance — please give my office a call. I’ll discuss your options, and if you choose, represent you throughout the entire process at all levels of your AMEDD and Army Reserve command structure.


William C. Meili
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