Posted on Oct 12, 2017
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I retired from the Corps in 1999 when I was 37 partially because I felt I need to in order to better prepare for long term retirement. I would have stayed if I knew I could stay long enough to reach full retirement.

Additionally, many vets struggle to get a job. Many are better suited to stay in.

Since humans live longer, should the military allow folks to stay longer?
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I can look back on a very very very long career and say yeah, I could have bailed 18 years earlier than I did. But had I done so, it would have been as an O4 not O6. I've known so many individuals who retired off active duty for a great civilian career that evaporated after 9-11. Many could have stuck around for a few more years. Often it's familiy issues, sometimes health that drives us from service. In my case it was the mandatory removal date that got me out. Without question I couldn't have survived another session of SHARP or EO training. And the PT sessions hurt a lot longer.

In our lives we all have our woulda, coulda, shoulda moments of reflection. It's more important that we celebrate the time we had in uniform, remember those with whom we served, and be grateful for the experiences it gave us.
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Specialist Teacher Primary And Secondary
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Well said Sir
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Just because a vet is better suited to stay in doesn't mean the service is better with that person. There are maximum caps to allow turnover which allows for promotion. The National Guard allows people to stay in for decades and their promotions are terrible. Terrible like E4s and E5s retiring at 50 years old.
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Norah Julmis I had a teacher just like that. She had taught alot of the parents of my classmates and in at least one case I'm pretty sure she had taught the grandparents.
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LCDR (Join to see) - totally agree LT, but what about the other side of the coin, the mandatory up or out for JR enlisted (this can apply to some officers as well) I had a guy that was tops at whatever you tasked him to do, knew his job inside and out as well as several of the other jobs in the motorpool, Refused to board because he wanted no part of the responsibility of a team or a squad. he was happy as a SPC4 and highly proficient, but we lost a good troop who was just one of those that wanted nothing to do with leadership.
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SGT Eric Knutson - Totally agree. That's why I wish the Army had kept the Specialist track with SPC5-8. One of the civilians I worked for when I was enlisted was a retired CSM who was part of the group that recommended doing away with the SPC ranks. He said it was his biggest regret from his Army career. I wish all the branches would incorporate something like this and I think in the future we will have to look to something along these lines with technology careers.
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SGT Eric Knutson
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yes, that was my though with this guy back then, I would have recommended him to SPC 6 in a heartbeat. We have all seen them, people who have no capability of command at any level, but are just happy doing their job without hassles and an honest love of the military lifestyle, but are totally lost at leading others in any kind of organized level.
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I retired in 1996 at 20 years and was 39 years old. When I hit the 19 year mark I was told I had to attend a retirement briefing. The first briefing that I went to they told us that unless we were in the civilian job market prior to age 40 we would never be hired for a decent job. After I got out I discovered that people of my age were in far more demand by employers than kids getting out of collage. Had know that I would have been inclined to stick around a few more years and tried to get out of Fort Leonard Wood and back to a line unit.
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