I got a OTH; I got a CWP too
Don't be discouraged. I got an OTH in 1999, yeah I did something dumb. In the civilian world it might have gotten me some community service and/or some probation if any prosecutor wanted to persue it. In the corporate world I would expect to have been fired. But the Navy took it to heart and took me to task. My misconduct occurred while at sea, and landed me in Captain's Mast and the brig for the remainder of the tour, then a discharge at the next port.
My OTH has not caused me trouble with jobs, clearance, or NICS. I never really thought twice about it until I wanted a CWP. I found out that in LA they ask specifically if "BCD, DD, OTH", these are stoppers. I researched a discharge upgrade and contacted the VA, which looked lengthy, and poor chances of getting the approval. If I change my mind, I still have 3 years until the 15 year cut off date.
I also agree with Sixshooter about the discharge to begin with. (even though it is me that he is talking about.) You are right, I didn't fulfill the oath that I took, but my service (and subsequent OTH discharge) shaped the man that I am today.
upgrades are a slap in the face to us vets that man up
BTW Thank you Vet! You are a better man than I.
So anyway...... one of my buds at laopencarry.org suggested I look into a Fla non-res CWP. This is perfectly legal, and offers more reciprocity than a LA CWP, lasts longer (7 years vs 4yrs), required less paperwork, and costs less $. I applied for the Fla permit and got it back this week!
The only drawback is that some states don't honor a CWP unless you ARE A RESIDENT of the issuing state (ie. Alabama wont honor my Fla permit unless the permitee resides in Fla). For now Louisiana is honoring the non-res permit, and I am good to go.