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Officers can only be kicked out or lose rank if the the secretary of the service approves it. It is very hard which is why you always see forced retirements rather than the service spending the time and money dealing with trying to take rank.

There's also instances of Officers losing rank at a board of inquiry and the service secretary reversing the decision. Board decisions are strictly recommendations.
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Officers can only be kicked out or lose rank if the the secretary of the service approves it. It is very hard which is why you always see forced retirements rather than the service spending the time and money dealing with trying to take rank.

There's also instances of Officers losing rank at a board of inquiry and the service secretary reversing the decision. Board decisions are strictly recommendations.
Very true. Another reason is the appellate leave process. All punitive discharges are reviewed by a military appeals court, a process that can take up to 2 years. A member, even though "discharged" in the sense they are no longer in a unit or receiving pay, is still counted against end strength. This is a drain on manpower because you cannot "replace" these but they are still taking up lines that count toward end strength. It's a dead weight loss and in the case of senior officers a huge tax when you consider DOPMA limitations.
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