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SFC Mark Merino
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Agreed.
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MAJ FAO - Europe
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The Army is trying something similar. Great idea. Will turn out to be a disaster for the careers of those who participate.
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MAJ (Join to see) In the private sector you take a 2 weeks vacations and when you come back you are lost, I wonder how will it be with a 3 years sabbatical.
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The trick is not to compare yourself to the careers of your peers who didn't take a sabbatical. Of course if you compared personal lives, you could likely see where the sabbatical put you ahead.

As much as people here seem to be panning the idea, there are tons of Soldiers who have a break in service. It is not career suicide. There are some MOSs that I think it would almost require attending AIT again if you were out the full three years, but for most, the changes are not that drastic in that time frame that someone couldn't pick it up. It seems to make more sense to have people stop out as part of a guided program than randomly taking breaks in service (some of whom only return because they didn't know what else to do, not because they really wanted to serve again).

For officers, it is very typical that your assignments are not at all similar. How does someone go from being a aide-de-camp as a 1LT, to getting a Masters degree and teaching at West Point for all of their CPT years, to then being a BDE S2 down range without touching MI since the basic officer course? Damn poorly, but that is exactly what I saw happen. Some of the "broadening" experiences are almost sabbaticals because they are 9-5 at civilian offices with no PT or Army structure. This doesn't tend to be career suicide either as long as they get their schools and KD time in around it.

We are hemorrhaging good people. The Army badly needs to focus on hanging on to the best Soldiers not just making cuts. If the people being given this opportunity are people with a good plan, who we really want to retain, I'm all for it.
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