Antonio Johnson joined the U.S. Army in 1980. Before his discharge, he had achieved the rank of sergeant. While he was still enlisted and with three years left on his enlistment contract, disciplinary actions were taken against him, resulting in two reductions in rank. Ultimately he was honorably discharged in December 1988, but with a notation on his discharge papers of “Misconduct—Commission of a Serious Offense.”
Matthew T. Crumley began serving as a commissioned officer on active duty in the Air Force in 2000, eventually achieving the rank of Major in 2008. In November 2010, he was injured while serving as an Honor Guard Ceremonial Guardsman during a funeral ceremony. He sent an email to senior Air Force officials detailing the incident and asking the Air Force to address the situation. The Air Force sent him a formal letter of admonishment for sending this email, advising him that he had bypassed his normal chain of command and stating that had acted unprofessionally. Based on this email, Crumley later received an evaluation that included this negative email.