WASHINGTON, D.C. - The former
Navy reservist who gunned down 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard had a
string of misconduct problems during his nearly four years in the military, but
he received an honorable discharge, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
The officials said that Aaron
Alexis, 34, had bouts of insubordination, disorderly conduct and was sometimes
absent from work without authorization. The offenses occurred mainly when he
was serving in Fort Worth, Texas, from 2008-2011, and were enough to prompt
Navy officials to grant him an early discharge through a special program for
Officials said the bad conduct
was enough to make it clear Alexis would not be a good sailor, but not enough
to warrant a general or less-than-honorable discharge. They also did not
involve criminal offenses, so did not trigger any court-martial proceedings.
The officials also said that
his brushes with civil law enforcement, including what has been described as an
accidental discharge of a weapon in his home, were also not enough to block an
The officials spoke on
condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss his record
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