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Hello first off thank you very much for taking the time to answer my question. I was discharged from the U.S. Navy back in 09 for being awol due to a overwhelming complication with my mother during leave. I had spoke with my department head explaining the situation and he didn't wanna work with me even if I had plenty of leave saved and we were dry docked. My mother was going threw a depression and said that I was all she had left and if I left her again she would take her own life. After I got my mother help and insured she would be ok I returned back to base and turned myself in. During this time the navy discharge me with a general under honorable with code JKD and reenlistment code of RE4. Every day it kills me not finishing what I planned on doing my whole life is there anything I can do to get back in before its to late? Again thank you for your time and knowlage on this matter.

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Marcos,
Sorry, but itís already too late.  Looks like they screwed you over big time.  JKD means exactly: AWOL, Desertion.   Persons with a reenlistment eligibility (RE) Code of "4" are normally not eligible to reenlist in their service, nor eligible to join another service.   Your only chance would be get the RE code changed.  To do that is an expensive, long, complicated process.  The system was designed to be that way because the government doesnít like to be  proven wrong.  After hiring a lawyer and filing lots of paperwork, you basically have to prove the government was wrong at the time, or the punishment was unjust (not given to somebody else for the exact same thing).  Actually, they werenít wrong, were they?  Technically you werenít present for duty and werenít on leave.  Youíre not allowed to include anything that has transpired since (Iím a good boy and model citizen now.)   So my advice is: donít waste your time and money fighting a battle you canít win.  Should anyone ask if youíre a veteran just say you served in the Navy.   Thatís all they need to know.

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All military questions, any Service. 30 years experience & two Ph.D.'s. 4 times Base Commander. Worked with Army, Navy, USMC, USCG and several foreign military units. Veteran of Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and 10 civil wars in Africa.

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Air Force Colonel with 30 years experience. Air Force Base Commander 4 times. Highly decorated.

Organizations
Org of Am Historians, Wild West History Assoc., Disabled American Veterans - Life Member, Am Motorcyclist Assoc. - Life Member, North Am Hunt Club - Life Member, NWTF - Life Member

Publications
Numerous book reviews published in the Journal of American History. Two books submitted for publication. Co-Author of two more. Eisenhower memorial Library (interview with U.S. Presidential chaffeur

Education/Credentials
Ph.D. in military history, Columbus University (Summa Cum Laude) Ph.D. in history, London, England (Summa Cum Laude) Master of Arts degree in history, Marshall University, WV Bachelors degree, double-major in history and mathematics, Salem College, WV Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

Awards and Honors
Legion of Merit, Defense MSM, 5 Meritous Service Medals,Joint Commendation Medal AF Commendation Medal Army Commendation Joint Achievement Medal AF Achievement Medal Outstanding Volunteer Medal Total of 33 Medals and 43 Ribbons

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