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I was in the Army for about 4 years, but it seemed no matter what I would do to help my battle buddies, no one cared. The majority of people I met at Fort Benning and Fort Gordon were selfish one man only types. Going AWOL was the best thing I ever did, because now I'm discharged and never have to be apart of that lie ever again.
CreateTVT CreateTVT 26-30 7 Responses Oct 31, 2010

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My time in the Army was completely utterly ridiculous. I signed a contract to go to basic at Ft. Jackson Sc. After weeks of sitting in reception standing for hours on end in the chow line they finally woke us up one morning and said they were over populated and they handed us new orders to go to Ft. Knox Ky. to complete basic training. "Which was the beast part of my military carrier" upon completion of basic I was to report to Ft. Gordon Ga. For AIT upon arrival at Gordon we are informed that the "hold under" time there for my 25q MOS. was about 10 weeks. My MOS called for a 10 week 4 day school. So now it gonna be 20 weeks 4 days before im ready to go. Ha if I was only that lucky. It was way longer than that. So through out my duration of doing nothing more than pt and mowing grass everyday and finding out my exwife was sleeping with my battle buddy I lost my mind and went AWOL im not condoning it by any means but here is my biggest problem. Everybody says "oh you went AWOL you signed a contract with the army that you broke" Well is fair not suppose to be fair all around??? Yes I did sign a contract and yes I did break that contract but did the army not do the same to me when they negated on where I was suppose to attend basic training in my contract or how long I was suppose to be at AIT I would think so. My understanding in this is simple I have do do my part but the army dont!!!! Nice to know that after you sign that dotted line. So I went back home buried my grandfather took a while to grieve then called my recruiter who informed me to go to Ft. Knox to turn myself back over to the army. Now what happens next is where I have a problem with this whole ordeal. At Knox they spend the next week explaining to us how we had made a mistake that was gonna have us thrown in Levenworth for the duration of our contracts. Then toward the end of the week they come back and say "we have found a solution for you men" they have agreed to allow us to give you a chapter 10 discharge "oth" and you will not have to spend one second at Levenworth. "Who wouldnt bite at this bait" so every single man in that place agreed and they sent us over so some lying (jack) you know what could explain to us how we would go one with our merry lives and not one single thing would be different. We would be able to attain any job we wanted outside the army but we could never join the army again. They explained how we could wait 6 months and have our RE4 discharge raised to am honorable without benefits.This sounds like everything is gonna be ok, that is until you get out and realize it was all a lie to get you to sign the paper to be discharged. When the reality of it is simply I could have faced the sudden consequences for my actions finished my time got out achieved a job as a police officer and moved on with my life. Instead im a factory worker working 12hr shifts wishing I would have made better decisions while in the army. I love my country the same but I know now that I was too young to have the responsibility of a soldier in the military. Shame on me for my mistakes but shame on them for taking advantage of a young man who did not possess the maturity level to fathom the consequences of his actions before he made them. I am shameful I am regretful but I am strong and I will continue to be an over comer. With prayer comes chance!!!! Thanks for reading and comments are welcome.

Did the same, dude. Went AWOL from ft Gordon while in AIT. Ft Benning was alright, at least there was SOME discipline, but Gordon was complete bullshit. Worse than high school. EVERYONE was a piece of ****.

Anyway, went AWOL for a month, got taken to Ft Knox and they discharged me in one day. I'm out with an uncharacterized discharge and I couldn't be happier.

Don't believe their scare tactics about going to Leavenworth, or getting a dishonorable. Even MOSQ permanent party are given OTH discharges at worst nowadays for going AWOL. Do your research, talk to GI Rights and get out of there.

My husband refuses to go AWOL because he'll be dishonorably discharged.. I wish with all of my being that he would.

I have been in the Army for 14 years, SFC, and I totally agree with you. I am currently stationed at Gordon. If it were not for my children I would have found a way out a long time ago. I can totally apprecite your situation. I guess 5 years in the Marines spoiled me.

you were brave for going awol good luck yea the army is one big lie soldier= slaves for the government

I wish I could've done that. But I never would've been able to afford college without the Army. Now I'm stuck in for 8 years.

They use you, and you use them. May take eight years, but it's a win-win.

Did they take you to jail? I had a nice shot at going AWOL in AIT. When we were on break, the gate to the installation was right over the fence. I didn't take the chance though because I didn't want to go to jail. And is it really as hard as they say it is to get a job after that (I imagine the discharge was dishonorable)?

contract doesn't start until you graduate AIT, General discahrge under missed training, you stay in an army barraks at fort knox for a week or two, depending when you get there, you watch tv all day. If you go awol and get back on base without being caught, then they have to keep you, because they can never prove you left, atleast at fort gordon.