How to get out of the U.S. military

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Before I show you how to get out of the U.S. military here’s an option you may have overlooked:

I know the military sucks. But what if you stay in and I’m not talking the four years that you signed up for but stay in 30 or 40 years and retire from the military? My first wife’s father did and is sitting pretty. Has five wives and kids in every port that he’s never even met or supported or even has contact with. He owns his own home in Oregon and golfs all over the U. S.

By Samantha Reeves: if you stay in the military for more than 20 years, you can receive a pension up to 50% of your base salary. If you’re in the military, you can contribute to a Thrift Savings Plan, unlike civilians. Service members who stay in the military for a long time (at least 10 years) can have college tuition paid for their children as well as a housing stipend. As for health insurance, staying more than 20 years in the military means receiving health insurance during retirement. Service members receive a tax-free housing allowance that goes toward their rent or mortgage and vanishes when they leave the military. Source: VeteransUnited

Now while I do not encourage anyone having a baby in every port that they have no intentions of supporting, retiring from the military is an option I’m sure you over looked.

But the military is not for everyone so let me tell you how to get out.

By Rod Powers

1.) A military discharge means that you are being released from your obligation to continue service in the armed forces and that you are relieved from any future military service obligations or recalls.

A breach of your enlistment contract can be terms for voluntary early separation from the military, but it is very rare. Some people mistakenly believe that discovering dishonesty on the part of their military recruiter represents a breach of contract and is grounds for seeking separation. While dishonesty can be an unfortunate consequence of the way the military recruiting system is set up, recruiter dishonesty is not inherently a breach of contract.

In general, if you can’t get the job due to something beyond your control (such as the service phased out the job, downsized the job, made a mistake and discovered that you don’t qualify for the job, or you are denied a security clearance for reasons other than falsifying information), then you will be given the choice of applying for a discharge or choosing a new job.

Most of the services impose a time-limit on applying for a voluntary discharge due to this kind of breach of contract. Usually, you must request the discharge within 30 days of being notified that one of the guarantees in your enlistment contract cannot be fulfilled.

2.) Involuntary Discharges

While in most cases you cannot simply quit the military, the military services can certainly kick you out if you fail to measure up to their standards. Being released from military service by involuntary discharge is neither fast nor pleasant. In most cases, your commander must show “rehabilitative measures” have been taken before he or she can impose an involuntary discharge and that can mean Nonjudicial Punishment or Article 15, which can loss of stripes, loss of pay, restrictions, extra duties, and correctional custody before you are officially discharged. If you think you dislike the military before trying to get kicked out, try being a soldier who fails at everything and causes nothing but trouble for the chain of command.

There are several reasons that you could be processed for involuntary discharge. Those include, but are not limited to:

Failing Weight and Fitness Requirements
Failing Training


Illegal Drug UseThese are just some of the ways to get kicked out but all will yield an “Other Than Honorable” or even “Dishonorable Discharge”, which can have consequences for the rest of your life with future jobs and other freedoms.

3.) In addition to these early military discharges, some of the military services allow enlisted personnel to request early separation for release to the National Guard or Active Reserves.

4.) Other types of early separation are granted for reasons like service commitments, hardship, further education, government convenience, and conscientious objectors.

5.) Conscientious Objectors

A member who can convince the military that they are a conscientious objector may request a discharge.

This is not as easy as it sounds. First, you would have to show that your beliefs changed significantly after you joined the military because you must certify that you are not a conscientious objector at the time of voluntary enlistment.

You can’t pick and choose which war you object to. By law, a conscientious objector is one who is opposed to participation in all wars. The person’s opposition must be based on religious belief and training, and it must be deeply held.

The applicant must show that these moral and ethical convictions, once acquired, have directed his life in the way traditional religious convictions of equal strength, depth and duration have directed the lives of others. In other words, the belief upon which conscientious objection is based must be the primary controlling force in the applicant’s life.

6.) Early Release for Education

Department of Defense (DOD) Directives allow a military member to be discharged early to pursue their education if they are within 90 days of their normal separation date. Sometimes a service will approve an educational discharge request of more than 90 days.

For example, Air Force personnel can request separation after two years of service, if they have been accepted at an accredited school for medical training as physicians, dentists, osteopaths, veterinarians, optometrists, or clinical psychologists. Not just any schooling will suffice.

The Navy Personnel Manual allows sailors to request a discharge for education in excess of 90 days, but the approval authority for a 90 day (or less) discharge is the commanding officer (special court-martial authority), and for discharges for more than 90 days before the normal separation date, it goes all the way up to the commander of the Navy Personnel Command.

Neither the Army regulation (AR 635-200) nor the Marine Corps Regulation (MCO P1900-16F) allow for educational separations of more than 90 days prior to normal separation date.

7.) Military Hardship Discharge

All of the services have procedures where a service member can request a discharge based on a valid hardship.

Often, applicants find that they do not qualify. The military’s definition to illustrate how hard it can be to qualify is stated here:

“In order to qualify for separation under this provision, the hardship must not be of a temporary nature; must have developed or become increasingly worse since entry on active duty; discharge or release from active duty is the only readily available means of alleviation; and the individual must have made reasonable effort to relieve the conditions through other means available and appropriate to the family circumstances.”

An example of a hardship discharge would be the death or permanent disability to the soldier’s immediate family such as the spouse who is primary guardian to the children of the family when the soldier would be deployed.

If you don’t qualify for a hardship discharge, however, you might qualify for a humanitarian assignment.

8.) Government Convenience

This is kind of a catch-all for voluntary separations that don’t fall under specific programs. Note that it’s called “convenience of the government,” not “convenience of the servicemember.”

One example would be discharged in order to enter a commissioning program. The military can also use this provision when it would really rather that you get out but doesn’t have a basis to require your separation under any other separation program.

Another example would be if you won the state lottery and became a multi-millionaire overnight, the services probably would not find it conducive to morale and discipline to have a 3-striper millionaire arriving at work every day in his private helicopter. In such cases, they would most likely gladly approve a discharge request under “convenience of the government.”

It may surprise you to learn that everyone who joins the military for the first time incurs a minimum eight-year service commitment. It doesn’t matter if you signed a two-year active duty contract, a four-year contract, or even a six-year contract. Your total military commitment is eight years. Whatever amount of time that is not spent on active duty, must either be served in the active Guard/Reserves, or in the Inactive Reserves.

Source: TheBalance

Sabotage should be done before you leave but do not stay long enough to get caught. Sabotage can take on many forms, from disabling, jamming, theft transfer to dumping sensitive information, photos and videos.

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