Once again I’m posting due to circumstances my brother finds himself in, but this time they’re not his fault entirely. He’s been in the Navy for over three years now and is nearing his discharge date. He also recently got married and his new wife is pregnant. However, since just before the wedding he has been harassed by his Chief and another officer (RMA? something like that) about how he would “become a wifebeater”, “end up sleeping with whores in every port” and “would be a terrible father”. He made no reaction to these statements at that time, but since he returned from his wedding leave it appears things are going downhill fast. Now they are accusing him of falsifying his certification records without, to my knowledge, any evidence on hand. The only motive currently mentioned by his Chief was a feeling that my brother was not “punished enough” at a disciplinary hearing that occured a little over a month ago.
To elaborate a little further on details, my brother is back in the division he originated in after a transfer to another division, during which time he was before a hearing on leaving the ship without logging out (I think. This is somewhat second-hand), due to a request from his current division commander. I believe they requested my brother’s transfer back solely for the purpose of harassing him. I also believe timing plays a significant role, since he is nearing an honorable discharge and I have heard nasty stories about officers attempting to find the tiniest infractions in order to give a general or dishonorable discharge.
What can my brother do? What should he absolutely NOT do? He has already attempted to go above these officers on the chain of command and has been denied any sort of hearing on the matter. My mother wants to write a letter to an officer he has not been able to reach due to interference at lower levels on the chain, but I’m not sure that’s the wisest idea. He has very little evidence as things stand, since all harassment has occured behind closed doors, and I feel it will simply turn into his word against a superior officer… at which point he loses.
I know we have former (and maybe even some current?) military people here. I might have gotten some of the technical details wrong, not being one myself, so feel free to correct me or question further. I just need to know what advice you all would give him.