SHOW CAUSE BOARD OF INQUIRY, UQR, GOMOR and ARMY DASEB REPRESENTATION
Have started 2018 with some good news on several cases for clients, the latest of which is highlighted below. Last month, we were fortunate to receive an approved Unqualified Resignation (UQR) for an Army MSC officer client, and we also heard back from DASEB (DA Suitability Evaluation Board) that another officer client’s request to have his GOMOR transferred to the restricted fiche was granted. That was on a first-time request.
We also received a couple of notices last month where our requests for favorable relief were denied. Both of those cases involved BOI actions for probationary officers (less than 5 years of active federal commissioned service) with no right to a “live” Board, and with allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct as basis for the Show Cause. One of those cases is on appeal.
Earlier this week, I received word from DASEB on another Army officer who I’ve known for more than 4 years. His story is compelling. One of the best officers I’ve had the good fortune to work with over my time as a lawyer. His spirit is undiminished by his long ordeal and his character remains strong and resilient. DASEB granted his second request to transfer a GOMOR. He comes up for a second look at promotion later this year, and I’m pulling that the Army does the right thing with a selection. We would all benefit. My client’s thoughts are shared below in his testimonial.
Thank you, and if you or someone you know has a need, don’t hesitate to give my office a call or shoot an email. v/r Bill Meili
“I contacted Bill Meili over 4 years ago to represent me on a Show Cause Board of Inquiry (BOI) due to a GOMOR being permanently filed in my performance fiche. The Board voted to retain me, but my career was still in doubt because the GOMOR was still in place. Since day 1, however, Mr. Meili has provided sound advice and given me hope that there is still a chance to overcome my long-ago mistake and continue my career. Bill Meili truly cares and ensures that everything is being handled fairly and with respect for the whole person concept. Recently, the Department of the Army Suitability Evaluation Board (DASEB) gave me relief, transferring my GOMOR to my restricted fiche — again with Mr. Meili as my attorney. It has been a long journey and Mr. Meili has always been available providing sound advice and guidance. It is great to know that there is someone who I may contact if in need. He excels in his craft and genuinely cares. The only regret I have is not contacting him earlier in the process!” JJ CPT, USA
Looking back over the month — it would appear that we’ve been fairly busy — to wit:
3 Feb: Submitted a Show Cause – Board of Inquiry rebuttal/response for a senior reserve Army officer;
9 Feb: Submitted a request for reconsideration appeal to the Department of the Army Suitability Evaluation Board (DASEB) for a company grade active duty Army officer;
17 Feb: Delivered a request for reconsideration on an Unqualified Resignation (UQR) action for a senior active duty Warrant officer;
20 Feb: Submitted an appeal to transfer a General Officer Reprimand (GOMOR) to DASEB for a field grade Army Reserve officer;
22 Feb: Coordinated a diversion program track for a civilian juvenile client facing a felony aggravated sexual assault charge;
23 Feb: Began a coordinated, managed defense for an AWOL return to military control matter;
27 Feb: Heard that the client’s command chain in the 3 Feb matter above recommends favorable action on our requested relief, and;
28 Feb: Received word that the government/military command would not be preferring UCMJ charges against an active duty enlisted client.
Grateful for the opportunities presented along the way, and for the help and support of many, without which none of the above would have been possible. Stay tuned. v/r Bill
Phone: 214 363-1828
This was a case of a Dental Officer who was going out on an Honorable because he couldn’t pass his final licensing exams. The Army had brought him on board with the understanding that he had to pass those exams within a year’s time in order to become fully credentialed (licensed). When he couldn’t, the Army started elimination action for substandard performance. But shortly into that process, he w…as stopped on post by MPs for suspicion of DWI. No charge was ever formally filed, and the evidence was questionable. But as is almost always the case these days — his CG issued a GOMOR (General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand), and the servicing SJA office recommended a Show Cause action for misconduct. (Did I say no formal charge was ever filed???) So now he was in jeopardy of going out with a less than honorable characterization of service for being a bad actor. Not necessarily career enhancing in the civilian world.
We fought it over the past six months up to the Assistant Secretary of the Army level … and the ASA, suprisingly I have to tell you … issued an honorable discharge characterization. Our client left active duty on the 15th of September and started a new job with a civilian dentist two weeks ago. This dentist will provide the necessary supervision and oversight until such time as our client enters a fellowship program with another professional. If he does well in both places — with both Docs — he’ll be a fully licensed, credentialed and accredited dentist under the laws of this jurisdiction.
And that’s a good news story for any day of the week. (You can also read this Client’s Testimonial on our website’s (meililaw.com) testimonial page. Thanks. Bill Meili
Never lose hope, and don’t give up!
Finally, after nearly two years of playing administrative Tug-O-War with half a dozen levels of Army command and control, my doctor (officer) client’s Unqualified Resignation (UQR) was approved with an Honorable discharge. It should not have taken anywhere near this long, for all sorts of valid reasons … but we’ll set that aside for the moment, and enjoy this decision and victory — long in coming, but sweet nonetheless!
As I’ve said before in previous posts, if you’re considering an unqualified resignation, (UQR) — whether or not you have a remaining service obligation — please contact us. I’d be happy to discuss your situation in detail, and help with a way forward. Office: 214 363-1828; Cell: 214 536-3888 or feel free to visit the website http://www.meililaw.com for more information about UQRs generally.
v/r Bill Meili, COL (Ret.), JA, USAR Attorney and Counselor at Law
Received word this afternoon that our probationary officer client’s 7 month ordeal to leave service with dignity and respect after allegations of misconduct and conduct unbecoming surfaced this past February, will end favorably in the very near future.
I’m so happy for my client, and I’m grateful once again that despite time and much friction along the way, the Army did finally render a fair and just decision.
I also want to express my thanks to the active duty JAG officer assigned this case. He was throughout the representation, professional, tenacious in representing his client, and yet, at the same time, always reasonable, respectful and open-minded to our requests and initiatives. I can’t say enough good things about him.
If you’re a probationary or non-probationary officer facing a Board of Inquiry separation, please give us a call. I’d be happy to discuss your situation in detail, and help you explore a way forward. Office: 214 363-1828; Cell: 214 536-3888 or feel free to visit the website http://www.meililaw.com for more information about the practice generally.
v/r Bill Meili, COL (Ret.), JA, USAR, Attorney and Counselor at Law
An Unqualified Resignation (UQR) for an Army Reserve AMEDD officer ends with an approved Honorable Discharge– Grateful for my client’s kind words!Posted: July 18, 2016
“I received an honorable discharge from the military, and I could not have done it without the help of Mr. Meili.
Mr. Meili was friendly, supportive and helpful from the first moment of our time together. He was very professional and timely with every matter we came across during the process. He gave me frequent updates and advice, so that I had very little stress during what would have been a difficult time for me and my family.
I am more than pleased with my experience with Mr. Meili and the stellar work that he does! I highly recommend him!” Former CPT (Dr.) M.S., USAR
If you’re considering an unqualified resignation, (UQR) — whether or not you have a remaining service obligation — please give us a call. I’d be happy to discuss your situation in detail, and help you explore a way forward. Office: 214 363-1828; Cell: 214 536-3888 or feel free to visit the website http://www.meililaw.com for more information about UQRs generally.
v/r Bill Meili, COL (Ret.), JA, USAR Attorney and Counselor at Law
Recent Good News on Unqualified Resignations (UQR) for U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps AMEDD officers.Posted: August 24, 2014
Update and Some Good News on Medical Corps Officer Resignations
After three months of advocacy for a Reserve medical corps officer, we received word yesterday that his UQR — Unqualified Resignation — had been approved. Quick backstory: Client initially tried to handle his resignation (UQR) himself. After 2 years and much frustration, he was referred to me. On 21 July 2014, after a month of backgrounding and prep, I submitted his revised UQR request, and then began working with all necessary headquarters and staff sections along the approval trail, advocating for the client and telling his story — fully and fairly — at each juncture. In just over two months we had a UQR approval and orders in hand. Very gratifying, especially in light of the news reported in my previous post (copied below). If you have been running into difficulty with a resignation request, or if you’re considering filing a UQR, don’t hesitate to give our office a call. I’d be more than happy to discuss your situation, and see how I might be able to help. Very respectfully, Bill Meili COL(R), JA, USAR, Attorney and Counselor at Law — Office: 214 363-1828; Cell: 214 536-3888; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
From discussions this past week with knowledgeable sources, the Army Reserve broadly has decided to give UQR requests greater scrutiny than at any time within the past twenty four to thirty six months. Simply put, the difficulty navigating the many tiers and layers of an AMEDD officer’s local unit, APMC, APMC’s higher headquarters, then USARC and/or HRC for any given resignation request, has just ramped up appreciably.
If you are a Reserve medical corps asset — a doctor, physician or health care provider generally who has – or has completed – a STRAP or HPLRP obligation, and you’re finding it increasingly difficult to discharge your military service obligations successfully, please consider contacting me for a consult and further discussion about the UQR process. There remains a way out; but more than ever, it’s important to bring on a seasoned professional to analyze, craft and then guide your Unqualified Resignation request through the bureaucratic maze.
Please call at your convenience for a complete, confidential and complimentary consultation. Additionally, we have a number of former AMEDD clients who are more than happy to discuss their experiences with our firm.
Very respectfully, Bill Meili COL(R), JA, USAR, Attorney and Counselor at Law
Office: 214 363-1828; Cell: 214 536-3888; Email: email@example.com;