Air Force E-4 Retained Despite Substandard Performance

Prior to JAG Defense involvement, Air Force E-5 was administratively reduced in paygrade to E-4 for substandard performance of duty, and immediately recommended for administrative discharge. Over the course of his 18 year career, our client had received numerous negative performance reports, been downgraded in his skill level assessment, been previously separated due to Reduction in Force, had failed to progress in multiple career fields, and had received numerous Letters of Counseling/Admonition/Reprimand. Client hired JAG Defense to represent him at his administrative separation board for substandard duty performance. At his board, we convinced the member panel to vote 3-0 for Probation and Rehabilitation for our Client. Despite that recommendation from the Board, Client’s chain of command opted to deny Client the opportunity for Probation and Rehabilitation, and continued to pursue discharge. JAG Defense continued to work with Client to fight the discharge, to include having him assessed for ADHD (where he was prescribed much-needed medication), and transferred to a new unit for a fresh appraisal of his duty performance. We solicited duty performance endorsements from his new chain of command, obtained evaluations from medical providers for his ADHD, and fought the discharge all the way to the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. RESULT: Despite strong recommendations for discharge from the Wing, NAF, and MAJCOM levels, our client was RETAINED by the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force and will RETIRE from the USAF.