What is administrative separation in the military?
An administrative separation can mean a premature end to your military career. While there are many types of cases that can constitute being forced out of the military, some common offenses include assault and drug abuse. We could guide you through this process and handle any charges that may threaten your livelihood.
Administrative separation or sometimes referred as ADSEP is the military equivalent of being fired from a job, only with more red tape and paperwork. A seasoned attorney could help protect your reputation and your career from an unfair separation proceeding.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ADMINISTRATIVE SEPARATION AND PUNITIVE DISCHARGE?
How long someone is in the military is usually determined by the enlistment contract the servicemember signs when they join their military branch. Two types of processes can end the contract sooner than it expires. These are punitive separation and administrative separation. A punitive discharge occurs when the service member commits a serious crime and is discharged from the military by a Court Martial. For enlisted servicemembers, this comes in the form of a “bad conduct discharge,” or a “dishonorable discharge.” Officers are subject to “dismissal,” which has the effect of a dishonorable discharge. A punitive discharge is authorized for the majority of offenses under the UCMJ.
Administrative separations are the non-criminal route for military separation before a contract ends. These discharges are not always honorable, and they can have a profound impact on the service member in your military career and civilian life afterward.