Marine protocols exist for the protection of each soldier as well as the military as a whole. The Marine Corps never wants to see a potential soldier leave but in some cases few options remain. A soldier who cannot meet the weight and fitness requirements, or advance through necessary training, is not likely to progress well as a soldier or adapt to the necessary physical challenges of serving. Additionally, soldiers with poor conduct control can put themselves or their entire unit in danger.
Weight and Fitness Requirements
As a Marine, you are responsible for demonstrating that you are physically able to withstand the demands of your duty. This includes a strenuous set of fitness requirements that include pull-ups, long distance running, push-ups and sit-ups. Additionally, you are responsible for keeping your weight under control. If you fail to meet these requirements, you can expect additional training time or weight control diets as your trainer attempts to rehabilitate you and improve your fitness level. After a long process of rehabilitation, if you have not shown reasonable progress, your trainer has the option to suggest your removal from the Marines.
Repeated training failures, such as weapons qualifications training or job classification training, results in three options. Your trainer can decide to give you another shot, hoping that you will improve in another field. He can recommend you for a post performing basic functions that require no specialization, or he can recommend your dismissal. This is not immediate and if you show a willingness and a desire to improve, the Marines will work to help you.
Absent Without Leave
Conviction of being absent without leave (AWOL) is grounds for serious punishment in the Marines. Your commanding officer has the right to convene a trial and suggest the punishment of a dishonorable discharge, which has severe penalties both in the military and in civilian life. Alternately, you face the potential loss of rank and criminal confinement, either in addition to or in place of discharge. An AWOL charge does not guarantee that you will be kicked out, but it is an option that will be considered at your trial.
Misconduct includes a large number of potential rules violations while serving in the Marines. Only severe episodes of misconduct warrant a discharge from the military; however, these charges can also hold severe penalties that may include a lengthy criminal incarceration alongside a loss of all of your military benefits. A dishonorable discharge will stay on your civilian criminal record and limit your job opportunities and civilian rights for the rest of your life.
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