Careers: Military--Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Coast Guard/Promotion held in Abeyance

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Sir,

   I was selected for advancement in 2012 for the FY13 US Navy E8.  My promotion was held in abeyance and told I would not be priveledged to wear the next rank. I just found out my Pay date should have been 16Mar 2013. I was reduced in rank at a special court martial and I feel I should have went to the court martial as an E8.  I asked to talk to my commanding officer about the abeyance and why I was not given a chance to redress, it was ignored. I asked my Navy provided attorney the same question before my court martial and was told the command can do what they want.  
The DOD instruction clearly states there will be no punishing of personnel before a trial. Please help me understand this and why do we have regulations to protect personnel but get ignored anyway.

Thanks in advance

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Dennis,
I've never heard of such a thing happening before.  Was your legal rep a young, inexperienced LT?  Sounds like he let them get away with it.   He may  have been court-appointed but you don't have to accept him.  Fire this attorney and select another and see what he/she'll do for you,
Colonel H

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