I just wanted to bring to attention that the coast guard members are the only federal employees involved in this shutdown that do not have the right or freedom to quit and find another job. If they do not show up for work they are subject to punishment under the ucmj. They would be considered awol if they can not fill their gas tanks and get to the base to muster for duty. They are essentially being held hostage. Yes they did indeed choose to voluntarily serve but none ever figured they would be treated so unfairly as to not be paid or have their families fed.
I figure i might share my experience of how my coast guard career ended early with a honorable under honorable conditions discharge with no negative marks on my permanent record. That is a big deal to have the highest distinction on your record when leaving the service and can effect future jobs.
They do not let people leave early except bad behavior and medical problems and then they usually get a dishonorable discharge. I did find a way to get discharged honorably and it was simple and quick. I showed up to the base stoned on thc and failed a urine test.
At that point they were obligated to offer me substance abuse classes or a quick honorable discharge. I choose the discharge and was at home within a week or so. I am not sure if the process is still the same but i thought perhaps someone might find the process intriguing right now givin the current conditions.
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