Going on record
The term going on a 252 means disobeying an order from a superior in the Armed Forces. I was almost charged twice during my basic training. I did get charged in my last six months, by then the charge made no difference to me.
I wasn't a rebel, but another occasion when I was almost put on a 252 - a charge for violating an order - was during PT during basic training.
The instructor told us to dive off the high board. There was no way; I was diving off a board, even if it was concrete and not a springboard.
I used to be a very good distance swimmer, but I could not dive or turn in the water which is why I didn't compete in races.