Undesirable Discharge

Dear YANK:

Prior to my Army induction over three years ago I was an enlisted man in our Navy. My service amounted to two years and seven months after which I was given an undesirable discharge for some minor peacetime infractions of the rules.

This discharge is a medium between an honorable and a dishonorable. Therefore, I would like to know if this service which I put in with good faith could be counted towards longevity pay, hash marks, overseas service and pre-Pearl Harbor ribbons, ect…

—Former Sailor, Germany

The type of discharge you got does not affect your right to the benefits of your previous service. So long as your service was not fraudulent, you may count it towards longevity pay, the wearing of hash marks, overseas bars and the pre-Pearl Harbor (American Defense) Ribbon.

Pet Dog

Dear YANK:

During these past months I’ve been stationed in an isolated outpost in beautiful Burma. Since I got out here I have raised a little puppy of which all the fellows have grown fond. I’ve had the dog from the time that his eyes were still unopened and you know how fond a fellow can get of a pet, especially a soldier in Burma.

Well, (pardon the optimism) this war can’t last forever, and some day I’ll be heading back for the States. I want to take the dog with me but I suppose the Army has something to say about that. I guess I can try smuggling him on board but I’d rather not have to do it that way. Is there any approved way I could work the deal?

—Miles Meyerson, Burma

Sorry, but there isn’t much hope of getting your dog home via an Army transport. Regulations prohibit the carrying of “pets or mascots” on Army transports or vessels. In addition, members of the parrot family, including love-birds, are also excluded from such vessels. (Change 2, 7 January 1944 of AR 55-485mlitary service cartoon

Bad Time Pay

Dear YANK:

Recently I was court-martialed and I am now serving a 60-day sentence. With plenty of time on our hands my “roommates” and I have found ourselves getting into constant arguments. One of our chief points of disagreements is the right of men in our spot to overseas pay. Do we or do we not rate overseas pay for time we have spent in confinement?

—Puzzled Prisoner, Italy

You do not. A GI who is removed from duty, under arrest, in confinement, or awaiting action of a court martial for an offense of which he is later convicted does not rate overseas pay for such periods of service (Change 2, 21 April 1945 of AR 35-1490.)

The Voice

Dear YANK:

I have heard a lot about the GI Bill of Rights and about servicemen being able to finish school if they are under 26. But what I want to know is what about those of us who were over 26 and were studying voice. What happens to the hundreds of dollars we have put into it?

Does the Government help us get back to that training again? Does it help us pay for our lessons? What is to become of our voice which has lost some of the tone for not having a chance to use it during the three years we have been in the service.

—H.H. Haig S1c, FPO

Cheer up, the fact that you were over 25 when you entered the service does not mean that you cannot get in on the free schooling under the GI Bill of Rights. All veterans without regard to their age of the time they entered the service are entitles to at least one full year of free schooling (providing of course they are not dishonorably discharged and have at least 90 days of service). Further, if you can show that your education was interrupted by your entry into service you will become entitled to additional periods of schooling up to a maximum of four full years of training. There are no restrictions in the law against the veteran studying any subject he wishes to select. If it’s voice you want it is yours for the asking.mlitary service cartoon

Discharge Button

Dear YANK:

I have had a couple of tough breaks and I expect to get a blue discharge (without honor) in a few months. If I do will I be permitted to wear the lapel discharge emblem all guys get when they get out?

—(Name Withheld), Alaska

No, you will not. Only veterans who receive honorable discharges are entitled to wear the lapel emblem.

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