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Dropkick_9
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Join date: Oct 2008
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Posts: 82

After much agonizing, I have decided to seperate from active duty. A couple of years ago I wanted to make a career of serving, but I've hit my wall.

Luckily I did not get the guilt trip I expected. Additionally despite Stop-Loss ending, many commander's are not releasing people from theatre.

I wanted to make a topic for any people seperating or going through the process to share stories or suggestions to make the transition easier.

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sjoconn
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Join date: Mar 2005
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Posts: 669

I would just advise anyone getting out to have a plan. I have seen a lot of guys get out without a plan and then these same guys have gone no where and done nothing since they left. Some have even come back after they admitted that they left without a plan. I think this goes for guys (such as myself) who will be retiring in the next few years as well.

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Mad HORSE
Level 1

Join date: Nov 2008
Location: Oklahoma, USA
Posts: 1714

I'm hitting high year tenure for E-4 in the USAF. I had a plan, but I blew it. I'm going to start going to school for accounting.

Funny story? I haven't lived in a dorm for 9 years, about three bases ago, but for some reason I have to clear the dorms to outprocess.

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BH6
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Join date: Jun 2005
Location: District of Columbia, USA
Posts: 583

Put your VA package together prior to hitting your EAS. The VA has a program now that allows you to submit everything while you are on active duty and start your benefits as soon as you are out. It works so much quicker than waiting until you are seperated to put in for benefits. There should be a VA rep on your base, if not then use the VFW or a local veterans group's veterans service rep to help put your paperwork together.

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BH6
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Join date: Jun 2005
Location: District of Columbia, USA
Posts: 583

Thank you for your service.

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Irn_Blz
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Join date: Sep 2007
Location: Missouri, USA
Posts: 43

Take advntage of any transition services offered to you. Also start working on your resume. Like others said get a plan.

I retired from the U.S. Navy after 23 years as a Chief Yeoman. They had this week long TAP class, I didn't really pay attention because I thought that I would be offered all kinds of jobs based on my service. I was 100% wrong.

Have a plan and be prepared.

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IPB
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Join date: Jul 2010
Location: Rhode Island, USA
Posts: 640

Irn_Blz wrote:
Take advntage of any transition services offered to you. Also start working on your resume. Like others said get a plan.



This is the truth! Take advantage of the transition plans and prep that resume!!

I got out in 01 as an E5 prepping for the E6 boards. I too had hit my wall, and at the age of 23 was looking for the next step in my life. I took full advantage of the resume classes and the transition services at the time. So as soon as I went on terminal leave the job hunt began, and before it was over I had a great job. 10 years later I'm still with the company, and I've had a great experience. I have several buddies that are in really great places in life because they had a plan when they got out.

On the flip side, one of my friends got out a month after, also an E5. He didn't take the time to put a plan together, tried school, had a few jobs, did nothing for a while, and re-enlisted. He lost his rank, and couldn't get back into his old MOS. This was a guy that really had a lot of potential coming out. Great MOS that he could have parlayed into a job starting at $45-$50k 10 years ago.

Good luck on the next phase of your life man!

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davidcox1
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Join date: Dec 2008
Location: Missouri, USA
Posts: 780

I went into the reserves after six years on active duty, and now I'm in the guard. It's worth a look--I really enjoy the extra income for the two days a month commitment (and the added retirement benefit should make a huge difference).

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Dropkick_9
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Join date: Oct 2008
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Posts: 82

Thanks for the insight guys, I am planning on continuing in the guard/reserves. I really have to fight the urge to clear as quick as possible after returning from deployment to take advantage of the transition services. I will have to follow up on the VA specifics. One of my issues is that I have some injuries that would qualify for disability but I am wondering on what impact that can have on trying to continue on in the guard reserves.

Good luck to everyone and stay safe.

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IPB
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Join date: Jul 2010
Location: Rhode Island, USA
Posts: 640

Dropkick_9 wrote:
Thanks for the insight guys, I am planning on continuing in the guard/reserves. I really have to fight the urge to clear as quick as possible after returning from deployment to take advantage of the transition services. I will have to follow up on the VA specifics. One of my issues is that I have some injuries that would qualify for disability but I am wondering on what impact that can have on trying to continue on in the guard reserves.

Good luck to everyone and stay safe.


Good luck man!

I tried going the reserve route and my 1SG told me I was crazy and wouldn't last...well he was right. Back then the reserves are not what they are now, and I was in a regional supprt command unit. We had no real mission, I had no soldiers, I sat in an office with an E6 and an E7 and we did nothing. it killed me and I eded up getting out after two.

I have been toying with the idea of getting back in, posssibly the CG reserves. I just need to piss or get off the pot!

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