Below is fro FNC’s Jennifer Griffin:
According to senior US defense officials: Aaron Alexis applied for an early discharge under the Navy’s “early enlisted transition program” which allowed him to discharge early as a way for the Navy to drawdown manpower.
His record while serving included “unauthorized absences” and “insubordination” and an overall pattern of “misconduct” but there wasn’t enough to support a “general” or “dishonorable” discharge, according to sources familiar with Alexis’ case.
He was “separated with honor” in 2011.
One source says even if he was given a general discharge, which for the Navy suggests inadequate service, which could raise flags when someone applies for a civilian job, he still would have been able to get a firearm.
The bar is very high in the Navy for a “dishonorable” discharge, according to Pentagon officials.