January 3, 2004
(OTH) Other than Honorable Discharge
[update: Hate the military? Are they trying to ruin your life? Debating doing something to get a discharge? If so you may want to look at sites like the GI Rights Hotline, or give them a toll free call at (800) 394-9544.
Getting an other than honorable discharge generally means nothing unless you want it to. If you are on the verge of getting an OTH discharge read the below comments left by hundreds of people to see how common that discharge type is and how many other than honorable people are doing well.
The military tries to make anything other than an honorable discharge sound like a big deal because the military lifestyle is so bad that they need to make alternatives seem bad.
As my honorable friend Mike so eloquently puts it, an OTH discharge is like:
if your life goal was to have a government job and retire on a shitty salary after 20 years of mediocrity: WE FUCKED Ya...otherwise...no biggie
I type this from my home, getting read to go to yet another concert somewhere in the Californian desert. I have no boss and even travel a good bit now. I work when ever I want to. Thanks internet marketing. Thanks to the US Navy for trying to destroy my life.]
Today I got a job offer from a prospective employer. I told him there was no way in hell I was interested in the job, but asked him what it was anyway.
Its funny because the job he wanted to give me was as a civilian Chemical Weapons caretaker in the US Army.
After my recent other than honorable discharge from the US navy I find it rather repulsive that they would still want me for that job.
It just goes to show how slow their feedback loops are and how broken their system is.
A tip for those who feel they achieved an other than honorable discharge in bad faith by their organization. If you know deep down inside that the organization was other than honorable you have absolutely no reason to carry any of that burdon with you and I suggest you just lie about your terms of discharge, as frequently they involve lies about you.
Destroying my work records prior to processing me, for example, was other than honorable.Posted at January 3, 2004 6:01 AM