I have all the respect in the world for everyone who puts in 20 years of dedicated service. However, a lot of people run into a wall around 18 years where they know they won't see SFC/MSG due to their past performance and they still have to put in 830 days to get 50% of their base-pay until they die. FIGMO mode kicks in the moment the retirement packet is handed in.
For the unit and it's leadership, this is a HORRIBLE idea.
We all know some ROAD (Retired on Active Duty) status NCOs that submit retirement within 12-months (and they've earned it), BUT could you imagine ROAD NCOs for 2 years? Too much time in my option.
If that had been available in the past, I would have possibly retired a few more years earlier than I did, don't get me wrong I loved my job and my units, but it would have better prepared me and my family for the transition. It would have also helped me better with networking for the a smoother transition into a new job and career for my future and continued support for my family instead of the short 4 months I was given by DA because I didn't want to take another assignment that would have given me another combat deployment to go with the previous 9.
I think many current SMs would jump on this in a heartbeat. Good question, thanks for posting.