Pentagon: Chances of honorable discharge for Flinn 'quite slim'May 27, 1997
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former Air Force bomber pilot Kelly Flinn can try to get her general discharge upgraded to an honorable discharge, but she is unlikely to succeed, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.
"She has a right to appeal to something called the Air Force Discharge Review Board," said spokesman Ken Bacon, but " ... the chances of receiving an honorable discharge in a situation like this are quite slim."
Last week, Air Force Secretary Sheila Widnall accepted 1st Lt. Flinn's offer to take a general discharge instead of going before a court-martial for adultery, disobeying an order, lying and fraternization.
Since then, Flinn's attorney, Frank Spinner, has indicated his client may appeal. However, he said Flinn might have a better chance of having her discharge upgraded once Widnall leaves the top Air Force post to return to academia, as has been rumored.
With a general discharge, Flinn can't fly with the Air Force Reserve or the Air National Guard.
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