It is the service member’s responsibility to obey the regulations set forth by the Navy and the Department Of Defense, and to ensure their own personal accountability. Failure to do so negatively effects the Department, Command and the Navy as a whole.
On the 8th of March I was told to check out of the Fleet Readiness Center (FRC), I did so properly. After I was done checking out of (FRC), I was supposed to check directly into Hm-15 Mine Countermeasures side in the Bravo shop so I could be accounted for and be an asset for them while I remained there until deployment. I failed to do so.
What I did was wrong Point blank period. No matter how I try to justify it, I was wrong. There are certain processes and procedures set in place not only to protect me, but also my co-workers, chain of command and the navy as a whole. Article 92 of the UCMJ is “failure to obey a lawful or regulation. I disobeyed an order and did not follow directions set forth for me to follow”. Article 86 of the UCMJ is “absent without leave A.K.A. Unauthorized absence (UA). Although I was present at work every day, I was not properly checked in, therefore I was not on any muster sheets for me to be accounted for. I put myself, chain of command, and the navy in jeopardy as a whole.
SECNAVINST 1620.7A PERS-84 24 May 2002 SECNAV INSTRUCTION 1620.7A
DESERTION AND UNAUTHORIZED ABSENCE (UA)
Ref: (a) DODD 1325.2 of 20 AUG 79
(b) SECNAVINST 5520.3B
Encl: (1) Offenses in Aggravation of Desertion in Naval Service
Purpose. To establish policies to minimize unauthorized
absence (UA) and desertion, foster development of effective
deterrent programs, enhance apprehension efforts, and provide
for accurate and timely reporting of incidents of UA and
desertion as required in reference (a). This instruction is a
complete revision and should be reviewed in its entirety.
Cancellation. SECNAVINST 1620.7.
Background. Unauthorized absence is the most frequently
committed offense in the...