Military Administrative Discharges—The Pendulum Swings

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The type of discharge which a man receives upon being separated from the Armed Services can have a profound effect on his civilian life. Not unexpectedly, therefore, much concern has been recently expressed concerning the safeguards and procedures available to the serviceman to contest an unfavorable discharge, both before and after termination of his military service. This article exhaustively examines the problems surrounding the administrative discharge and the limitations being imposed on its unfair use by the military itself, by the courts, and by Congress.