Military Medical Officer Resignations
The Army Medical Department (AMEDD) can include many medical career opportunities such as: physicians, dentists, nurses, veterinarians, allied health, and other health related programs. Resigning an AMEDD commission can be difficult.
The regulatory and policy procedures required for an Army medical officer – Reserve or Active Duty - to resign his or her commission can present significant challenges, not to mention the fact that medical officer resignations typically require up to four or five levels of command and staff approval before final decision. The entire process can easily last six to eight months; and I’m aware of cases which have lingered — unresolved — for two years or more, which is clearly against the best interests of all parties concerned.
About half of all the Unqualified Resignation (UQR’s) inquiries I receive come from doctors in uniform. Doctors - and to some extent pilots, certainly Pre CoVid19 - have an array of opportunities in the civilian world which can lead to more autonomy and broader professional and financial reward than might be found over the course of a 20 plus year uniformed career.
While each officer resignation case is unique, one common thread appears in many of the Army Reserve medical officer (AMEDD) resignation cases I’ve handled: invariably, the medical officer has had extremely limited contact with a unit or higher headquarters, is not well-known to the system, and is often quite unfamiliar with how the Army “works” institutionally. As a result, the AMEDD officer’s file usually has been “flagged” for failure to participate, or failure to update various credentialing and other administrative requirements, which only adds to the overall stress. These unresolved administrative issues can significantly impede an officer’s resignation request as the UQR “packet” makes its way up the chain of command. As such, those administrative issues or “flags” must be identified, addressed and corrected or resolved in order to properly prosecute the officer’s resignation through each level of the recommendation and approval process. I do this for clients through comprehensive communication and advocacy - up and down the chain of command – and persistent, dogged, yet diplomatic follow-through, up to and through the approval authority’s final decision.
If you’re an AMEDD officer, contemplating resigning your commission through a UQR — or if you’re already bogged down in the process and you’re finding it increasingly difficult to discharge your military service obligations successfully and need additional assistance, please consider contacting me for a consult and further discussion about the UQR process (214) 363-1828 or Toll Free: 866 578-0164. I’ll discuss your options, and if you choose, represent you throughout the entire process.
There remains a way out; but more than ever, it’s important to bring on a seasoned professional to analyze, craft and then guide your Unqualified Resignation (UQR) request through the bureaucratic maze. Additionally, we have a number of former AMEDD clients who are more than happy to discuss their experiences with our firm.
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- Steffen Chapin
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