You can request retirement in lieu of PCS. You have to have 19 years 6 months on the day you're placed on assignment and you have to submit it within 30 days of assignment. Sometimes your branch manager may work with you to remove you from the assignment to allow you to submit your retirement, but they are not required to.
Alert is not officially defined, but commonly understood to include orders and a request for orders. A discussion with an assignments officer or NCO is generally not considered an alert, but if a Soldier did not want to move, that would be the time to put in the request to retire - before the discussion became a RFO.
You have 30 days from receiving the alert for PCS to request retirement in lieu of PCS and the retirement date must be within 6 months. If that doesn’t work, you take the PCS and have to stay there 1 year before retiring. Request retirement right after you arrive at the new post for 12 months out.
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