Vice President Mike Pence recently announced details of the Trump Administration’s plan for a sixth branch of the U.S. military, the Space Force. Vice President Pence stated that the White House is aiming to have the Space Force operational by the year 2020 and will request $8 billion dollars over the next five years to fund the new branch of the Armed Forces.
Enlisting in the Space Force with Prior Service
If the newly-planned Space Force does come to fruition, the adventure of being involved in space-based operations will certainly appeal to many U.S. military veterans. There are many important factors a veteran should weigh carefully before deciding to return to the military. These include obvious considerations such as the disruption to family lives and civilian employment, but also whether or not the veteran is eligible to rejoin the military.
Unfavorable Reenlistment Codes
Many veterans have received unfavorable reentry or reenlistment codes that may preclude them from joining the Space Force, or any of the other five branches of our military. Some of these reentry codes may require a reenlistment waiver from Recruiting Command in order for the veteran to rejoin his brothers and sisters at arms. In some cases, the veteran may have received a reentry code of RE-4, which bars him or her from reenlistment entirely. In such cases, the veteran has the opportunity to appeal to a Discharge Review Board within fifteen years of the date of discharge to correct the reentry code so he or she may rejoin the military.
If a veteran is seeking the opportunity to reenlist in the military but are prevented from doing so because of a reentry code, they should contact an experienced attorney to discuss their options. Our attorneys at Crisp and Associates have years of experience correcting military records, including upgrading reentry codes in order to give veterans a second chance to serve.