Pipe Dreams

Here’s something I never would have known had I not found myself at the USDB: if you’re found guilty of a crime in a military court martial but your case is overturned during the appeals process, the government has to give you “back-pay” for the entire time of your incarceration and promote you if you’ve fallen behind your peer group.

As you may imagine, this is a constant topic of discussion at the USDB. The inmates love to ponder the fantastical sums they’d receive. The conversation inevitably takes one more step into the hypothetical: would they choose to stay in the military? The majority say they wouldn’t. Where do I come down on this debate? Well, I wouldn’t mind the lump sum, and no, I wouldn’t stay in the Army. But that’s a discussion for another post.


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