Two days ago, word arrived that a client’s request for exemption from involuntary unit mobilization, and deployment to Afghanistan later this year, had been granted.
The applicable regulations in play were AFH 10-416 and AFI 10-402. Additionally, we developed a medical issue which had, until recently,been insufficiently documented. AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards, provided relevant authority for our request. Each branch has similar regulatory structures in place which authorize relief from involuntary mobilization orders. Delay, Deferment and Exemptions can be achieved whether the Marine, Soldier, Sailor or Airman is in the IRR or actively drilling with a unit.
I urge anyone facing the possibility of involuntary mobilization and deployment with his or her unit to look at and assess your overall situation — medical (including mental, psychological and emotional health issues), educational, occupational, and within your immediate family for dependant hardship issues — thoroughly and honestly. And I urge you to do so sooner rather than later. Decision makers at higher headquarters are universally more skeptical of exemption requests which arrive just before the unit departs to home station or for pre-deployment training. While it is certainly not impossible to prevail with an 11th hour request, it does tend to raise eyebrows.
Whatever your branch, and whether you’re Guard, Reserve, in the IRR or drilling in a unit, if you need representation for an involuntary mobilization problem, please don’t hesitate to contact my office. I will treat your request and situation with dignity and respect.
William C. Meili
COL (Ret.) JA, USAR
Attorney and Counselor at Law
6116 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1090
Dallas, TX 75206
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