CASE STUDY — ARMY RESERVE AMEDD OFFICER’S SUCCESSFUL UQRPosted: November 12, 2018
ARMY RESERVE AMEDD OFFICER UQR (Unqualified Resignation) APPROVED, HONORABLE DISCHARGE ORDERS CUT
Matter: UQR (Unqualified Resignation) for Army Reserve Medical Corps (AMEDD) Officer
Service: Army Reserve
Summary: Our Client, a senior field grade medical doctor, tried to move things through the system on his own for more than a year before he was referred to us. The situation was a flat out mess. Two levels of command had disapproved his request, and to add insult to injury, his request and paperwork kept getting sent back down the chain for additional information and work … then back up, and back down again. After twelve months of this, things got the point where it was simply maddening – for the Client and his wife.
We began by opening lines of communication with Client’s local unit, while simultaneously reaching out to JAG assets at both Brigade and the Group/Division level. While the local unit command and full-time support staff was open, candid and fully supportive, battalion and brigade commanders were a problem. For reasons which bordered on the arbitrary and capricious, both the battalion and brigade commanders, disapproved Client’s request, despite the fact that he had served for seventeen total years and had deployed to combat theaters multiple times. Thankfully, the JAG relationships established at the higher command levels proved far more reasonable and responsive, and, as a result, we were able to secure a general officer recommendation for approval, after favorable input from the command surgeon’s office.
The next stop was to secure endorsements from levels within USARC G-1. Normally a fairly smooth and brisk process, this time Client’s packet stalled. More than 2 months passed and still we hadn’t seen that critical G-1 thumbs up.
Result: After several weeks of carefully sustained maneuvering and some diplomatic pressure, together with outstanding support from JAG and AG at Bragg, we finally got the green light. The following day, final approval came from the GO level. The next day Client had honorable discharge orders in hand … 17 months after he initiated his request on his own, and nearly 5 months after he came onboard with us.
Highlights: With the help of literally a team of dedicated professionals, we were able to right the ship, focus on the real life story behind the paperwork, and help a good man and officer, who served his country and everyone around him, long and well. Client was afforded the opportunity – albeit with an inexplicable delay at the mid-range command levels – to leave service honorably, with grace and dignity. Many thanks, therefore, are once again due to everyone involved in this one.
References: Please call us at 214-363-1828 or email us for further details and contact information. Our Client would be happy to speak about his first hand experience with what our team does and how we work. Client’s testimonial follows:
“As a senior field grade officer and orthopedic surgeon in the Army Reserve, I had 17 years and three deployments to the war zone when my obligation was complete. The Army’s plan of more deployments and to keep me in the program was not compatible with my family and civilian career goals so I decided to try obtaining an unqualified resignation (UQR).
The UQR process looks to be a smooth one on paper, but between my local unit’s inexperience with the process and the intermediate command chain’s reluctance to help I found it to be more akin to a nightmarish obstacle course. Paperwork moving up and down the chain and jumping through hoops one after another, only to find that the hoops were in fact moving the whole time. I found myself in a casino of sorts…the stakes were high but I couldn’t see the door and didn’t know what time it was. After a whole year of this my family and I were exhausted by frustration.
When failure seemed inevitable, I reached out for legal help and was referred to Mr. Bill Meili, a retired JAG Colonel with both reserve and active duty experience. He was and is the real deal. He was fair and transparent from the start which was so refreshing, since I was feeling extremely leery at this point. After meeting with my family, which provided such peaceful relief to them, he calmly pieced the puzzle together and helped us form a plan. I found him to be well connected in all branches and levels of the Army which enabled him to massage my packet along the pathway with ease. We had a few laughs along the way, and we also had a few “honest conversations.” He skillfully sniffed out the bull and applied pressure … at just the right time and place … until finally we reached success.
Perhaps more important than the skillful handling of the Army spider web, was the compassion and patience he showed to me and my family. I didn’t know how frazzled we had become over that frustrating year, but he helped us find calm courage to stay the course. I found Bill to be genuine, personable, and approachable and now a friend. I had an exceptional experience and recommend Mr. Meili at the highest possible level.”