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Comment: Is it law or just practice for military to discharge lottery
winners for disciplinary reasons?

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Its not a law. If the person in question is starting to act up after winning the lottery then the military can discharge them because of it. There is a rumor that the military kicks a person out if they win the lottery. Its not true. If you do win and ask for a discharge, they will more than likely give you a general discharge, nothing good, nothing bad.
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Originally posted by curtta:
...they will more than likely give you a general discharge, nothing good, nothing bad.

In the Navy/Marine Corps, unless you've had one court-martial or two NJPs in the present enlistment, an admin discharge must be Honorable.

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Originally posted by curtta:
Its not a law. If the person in question is starting to act up after winning the lottery then the military can discharge them because of it. There is a rumor that the military kicks a person out if they win the lottery. Its not true. If you do win and ask for a discharge, they will more than likely give you a general discharge, nothing good, nothing bad.

I doubt that. A general discharge is most definitely not good, even if it doesn't sound so bad. I also doubt they would give you one just for asking on account of winning the lottery.

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I looked this up several years ago. Coast Guard Personnel Manual has a chapter that says that if a member wins a million or more, they will OFFER an honorable discharge at that time. If you don't want it, you continue to serve your time.

I've only heard of two people winning and both got out.

I can see problems for those who stay. "I don't have to listen to you, Captain, I can BUY you!!" But, then, that is why we have the UCMJ!! [lol]

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That sounds reasonable to me, Malruhn.

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Originally posted by snopes:
Comment: Is it law or just practice for military to discharge lottery
winners for disciplinary reasons?

I love the way this is worded. The unexamined presumption is that all military lottery winners receive discharges for disciplinary reasons. The only question is whether this is law or practice, thereby distracting you from the question of whether this is true or not. I believe this illustrates at least two logical fallicies.

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Originally posted by GI Joe:
quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
Comment: Is it law or just practice for military to discharge lottery
winners for disciplinary reasons?

I love the way this is worded. The unexamined presumption is that all military lottery winners receive discharges for disciplinary reasons. The only question is whether this is law or practice, thereby distracting you from the question of whether this is true or not. I believe this illustrates at least two logical fallicies.
This is a good illustration of the often misused concept of "begging the question."
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Brick. You're dead on. That IS the main logical fallacy, and you're right that most folk misuse the term "begging the question." If only logic were still a required semester course in HS English, half the arguments on this board would never take place. [Sigh.]

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quote:
Originally posted by GI Joe:
Brick. You're dead on. That IS the main logical fallacy, and you're right that most folk misuse the term "begging the question." If only logic were still a required semester course in HS English, half the arguments on this board would never take place. [Sigh.]

I don't see what's wrong with using the phrase "that begs the question..." when not referring to the logical fallacy (as the equivalent of "that leads me to ask..."). Sure, maybe some people get the two confused, but I think the phrase is rather nice in itself.

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quote:
you're right that most folk misuse the term "begging the question."
But people aren't misusing it. The term simply doesn't carry the same common meaning it once did.

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