Are You Facing a Flight Evaluation Board in the Army?
Joseph L. Jordan Will Fight to Help You Keep Your Wings
Are you a military service member facing a Flight Evaluation Board (FEB)? Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law, has defended military service members facing FEBs worldwide. He has appeared with clients on the date of their formal FEB hearings and helped them with filing FEB appeals after receiving adverse hearing outcomes. Joseph L. Jordan is an experienced military criminal defense attorney and former service member who proudly ensures the men and women serving our country receive the legal representation they deserve. If you’re in danger of losing your wings, let Joseph L. Jordan help you fight for your rights. Contact our law firm today to request a consultation!
What Is a Flight Evaluation Board Army Regulation?
Flight Evaluation Boards in the Army are military board hearings used to determine if a military pilot should be stripped of their aviation qualifications. A pilot would appear before this type of board if accused of misconduct, ignoring or violating aviation service orders, or violating military or aviation regulations. Occasionally, a service member may appear before a board due to an aviation mishap that could have endangered the lives of others. Any behavior deemed unsafe or substandard could be grounds for an appearance before an FEB. This could include a failure to comply with urinalysis testing, a positive urinalysis result, unsatisfactory duty performance, or an aircraft accident. Typically, FEB standards indicate there must be a pattern of dangerous or unacceptable behavior exhibited and not an isolated incident to disqualify an individual from aviation service.
FEBs are primarily used as fact-finding proceedings to gather information about a service member’s performance, qualifications, and ability to do their job. They are conducted impartially and are closed to the public. An FEB is usually made up of three voting service members who are also qualified for aviation services and are seniors in rank to the respondent. There is also a fourth nonvoting service member recruited to act as the proceedings’ recorder. This person presents evidence to the three voting members. A judge advocate is appointed to provide legal advice and ensure the proceedings remain fair and impartial. There may also be a flight surgeon present to evaluate medical issues.
What Happens During a Flight Evaluation Board (FEB)?
If you must appear before a Flight Evaluation Board, you will be notified in writing when and where the board will meet, any known witnesses that will be called, the reasons the board has been convened, and your rights. You will be given a chance to review all evidence and documents being submitted to the board by the recorder. You also have the right to challenge any of the voting members or to cross-examine any of the witnesses, call forth additional witnesses, present new evidence, and testify or submit a written brief on your own behalf. If a Flight Evaluation Board is convened, it may not be as formal as a court-martial trial. The voting members will submit their findings and recommendations during a closed session. However, these findings must be substantiated by the evidence. Afterward, the judge advocate will review their findings and make further recommendations about future proceedings.
FEB objectives may include the determination of medical fitness of the pilot or establishing aeromedical disqualification factors. Aviation officers who are medically suspended are still considered qualified for their aviation services unless this suspension occurs for more than 365 days. According to Army Regulation AR 600-105, an aeromedical disqualification requires a temporary medical suspension, medical termination from aviation service, or qualification using aeromedical waivers.
Why Do You Need Legal Representation During FEBs?
Appearing before a Flight Evaluation Board can significantly impact your military career, as it could prevent you from receiving your aviation incentive pay, being promoted, and/or ultimately lead to an administrative discharge or separation. During the FEB, you will be assigned military counsel, or you have the right to choose your own military or civilian counsel. It is in your best interest to seek your own experienced military counsel who will be your advocate during these proceedings. The appointed counsel may only provide basic legal advice and not form the same type of client-attorney relationship.
Why Choose Joseph L. Jordan for FEB Appeals & More?
Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law, is a former Army enlisted soldier, Army combat arms officer, and Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps officer. As a military criminal defense attorney, he seeks out justice for soldiers, sailors, coast guardsmen, airmen, and marines worldwide. He has expertise handling complex cases appearing before boards of inquiry, administrative separation boards, and court-martial trials. He has represented hundreds of clients and tried hundreds of cases to a verdict over the years. You’re in good hands when you enlist the legal aid of Joseph L. Jordan and his hard-working staff. Our aggressive, uncompromising approach demands results. No matter where you are stationed, we travel to clients worldwide, representing them in the United States, U.S. territories, Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa.
Schedule a Consultation with Joseph L. Jordan Today
If you are facing a Flight Evaluation Board in the Army, do not jeopardize your military career by attempting to face it alone or with the provided counsel. Contact Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law at 254-853-0064 or toll free at 833-884-2715 to schedule a consultation. You deserve seasoned counsel and representation for your case.