Posted on Nov 13, 2020
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I am seeking information from the group about retirement submission. I am currently on assignment to JBLM reporting in Feb 2021. I am looking to submit for retirement on May 1st 2021 with a retirement date of 1 May 2022.

The regulation isn't completely clear in regards to this. It states " Soldiers will serve 1 year in their current assignment or at their current duty station, whichever occurs first, beginning when the Soldier reports to duty".

Based off of that would I have to wait till February 2022 to submit for retirement, or would I be able to submit on 1 May 2021 as planned as my retirement date would push me past the year mark (although my actual time on station would be under a year because of leave, PTDY, and possibly the DoD Skillbridge internship program)?
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From what I have seen at my unit 1SG, you must be at the duty station or unit for 1 year before you can drop a retirement packet. For example, SM PCSs to Fort Shafter, SM must serve 1 year at Fort Shafter before they can drop a retirement packet. Other example is SM transfers units prior to their retirement eligibility date. SM must serve 1 year in current assignment to drop retirement packet. If you report feb 21, you must wait until 01 Mar 22 to drop retirement packet based off of monthly reports.
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1SG(P) First Sergeant
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SSG Dickhoff, thank you for that.
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SSG Steven Borders
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Not sure how it works on the AD side for Retirement 1SG but I know at my unit in the Reserves we submit the packets about a year out because they take so long to process. I have one right now that is at 157 days since it's creation. Still sitting at BN.
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1SG(P) First Sergeant
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Oh wow! That's a long wait.
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Lt Col Jim Coe
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Like many personnel policies it may depend on money. You can as far as I know you can put in for retirement upon arrival at your new assignment. Your requested retirement date should be what you want. THen let the Army react to your reQuest. If The requested date requires a waiver, then request it. If the Army budget is driving declining end strength numbers in your gr
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Lt Col Jim Coe
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Continuing: if end strength is declining in your grade then the waiver will be quickly approved. The Biden Administration will likely decrease Defense budget so I say your chance for an early retirement will be good.
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Lt Col Jim Coe Sir, I appreciate that. It wouldn't be an early retirement, I am over 20 of AFS right now (4 Navy, 18 Army) at the moment. I pinned E8 1 May 2019, so based off of high 3 for retirement I would not be able to retire any earlier than 1 May 2022, hence the 1 May 2021 date for submission.
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