Posted on Oct 17, 2018
CH (MAJ) William Beaver
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I’ve heard that Uncle Sam asks you to leave the military if you win a multi-million dollar lottery. I can see why they would do that. But does anyone know of someone who was actually asked to leave because they won a big lottery? How does that work? How long does it take to move them out? (NOT that I won the lottery or even play it, but just wondering.)
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Maj Kevin "Mac" McLaughlin
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You will not be forced out. The military will allow you to end your contract (unless you are essential personnel) and grant you an honorable discharge. There's no reason to force anyone out who wants to stay just because they are suddenly rich.
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Maj Kevin "Mac" McLaughlin
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Could they use this? Sure but the AR is not written specifically to Lottery winners or those who come into money. The examples stated don't even go there. So again while it is conceivable a Commander could go that route, the reasons for it have other administrative avenues for the Military to take. If the individual does not want to follow orders because they don't care, UCMJ will tell them otherwise and it will require lower level authority than the Secretary of the given service.
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SGT Javier Silva
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Maj Kevin "Mac" McLaughlin, I haven't seen it done in the Army but I did see it done in the Navy.
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SSG Platoon Sergeant
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Maj Kevin "Mac" McLaughlin yes, this is what would be used. Not so much for the lack of discipline part. More so that the SM becomes a liability. Liability of the threat of kidnapping. Liability of the lack prudent caution with military equipment. And a few other things, but those being the most egregious.
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1LT Tradoc Pl
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why do people always assume these things without doing proper research? half of these comments do not even make sense. I know some rich people that join the military. it has nothing to do with you being rich or winning the lottery. The chances of winning the lottery is very slim.
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SSG Lyle O'Rorke
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I had one soldier an E6 get released due to his father passing and him inheriting a very very large sum of money. Cant remember the process but have seen it done.
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SSG Lyle O'Rorke
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SrA John Monette got released voluntarily due to the dramatic change in his financial situation.
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SrA John Monette
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must have been quite dramatic
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SSG Lyle O'Rorke
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SrA John Monette it was several million. He had over 10 years in and only had a couple years on his contract. Requested the release because he was burned out with deployments and wanted to start a business
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1LT Tradoc Pl
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they aren't forced out though. they request to leave.
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CW2 Michael Bodnar
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Back in the mid 90'S, I was stationed at Camp Pendleton and a Marine I knew one a few million dollars. He was given a choice to finish his contract or be discharged. He decided to finish his contract and he ETS's out as a millionaire.
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