Hi i posted this in the re-enlistment thread, however it doesnt seem to be attracting many users, so here it is... Hey, I've been in the army twice now, 1st time was 16 years old PVR'd at the end of basic training, then I rejoined at 19, only served 18 months until the age of nearly 21, I had went AWOL and handed myself in after 3 months of being away, signed all relevant paperwork with the CO and served 40 days (total of 27 with remission) at MCTC colchester, I wasnt DD'd or OTH I received a satisfactory discharge because of the way I went about it, and my military record, all disciplinary records were clean and not an AGAI action in sight. Im not going to explain the reasons I absconded in detail, however, in a nutshell my fiance's ex husband was tipping up to her house and beating her about when i was down south at work, the unit treated it sympathetically and understood that it was catch 22 for me to just sit around and hear her crying on the phone, or to actually go do something about it, even though it would be in breach of my contract to the army. I would give my genitals to get back in now that her divorce is through, all child custody cases have been dealt with, and ive settled her and her daughter in a new home. As far as im aware its 2 strikes period, that could be rumour, i havent heard this officially, but if thats the case could I appeal in any way? I was a liked individual at unit by both my colleagues and higher command, i think if there was a chance of appeal my progress record would be favourable as well as my attitude towards the job, i loved it, and everyone saw that, just a shame outside life had to get in the way. I would even go to the extremes of a deed poll if that actually worked to get me a fresh start, ive been training towards microsoft certifications, the works, which to anyone is a great opportunity and a good money maker in civvy street, but my motivation isnt there, theres no drive in me like i had in the army, so if anyone has any advice, id appreciate it, i know the army is overmanned, i would wait as long as it took, im only 21 now and still have alot of years in me yet. Hope someone can help me out, would try talking to an AFCO online however closed for the royal wedding period.