What is the name of your state? Missouri
My son is 19 and is currently in his 9th week of basic training in Missouri. He was quite fired up about being a soldier when he went in. However, he is very unhappy now and just wants to come home. He has had problems w his wrist pretty much from the beginning of basic and has gone through multiple 5 day profiles, re-injury, repeat. The docs vary in diagnosis--torn tendon, ganglion cyst, or he's faking. So, no medical resolution to the problem. During training, the drill sgts have been telling him to stand on the side while everyone is doing the task at hand--even if those tasks don't involve using his wrist. He has missed enough training to require a recycle. My son has fallen to the bottom of the trainee food chain and has become depressed and despondent-so much so that he faked a suicide attempt in an effort to get out. As you can imagine, he's now enduring much harassment over this from the 1st sgt down to his platoon members, is even more depressed, and I'm concerned that he might actually make a real attempt. He has been to psych and they cleared him for depression(this, I don't understand) and suicidal ideation so that's not and option for discharge. That's the back story.
In the past week, he has been counseled twice for malingering. I think this is the 1st sgts way of getting rid of a problem soldier as my son isn't malingering or refusing to train--he's following drill sgts orders to stand out. I understand that if he is counseled 3 times for the same issue, the chain of command can do some UCMJ action. What might that be and what are the consequences? And would that be the the quickest and most trouble free way to get out? The last thing my kid needs is to be confined in the brig. There is another wrinkle to the story. He is also gay. Of course, that is not public knowledge at this point. But would that be a faster, better? way to proceed? At this point, he doesn't care if he gets an OTH discharge. He just wants to get out.