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  1. Weather Man

    Weather Man Persistance Is A Bitch Premium Member Established Member

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    Retired in 2000 as an E-7 = $1.621 a month now.

    I knew 1 guy who got out with 19 years in so he wouldn't have to give half to his ex-wife. That was cutting your nose off to spite your your face, but it was not an amicable divorce.
     
  2. 1 Alibi 2

    1 Alibi 2 If not today, when ?????? Established Member

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    Retirement is based on pay-grade, & you have enlisted, WO, & Officer.
    ..........As a point of interest:
    In 2008, I took a forced buy-out, ( 2nd career ), I never thought about the cost of health care till then.
    People who took the buy-out with me were paying $ 800 - 900 / month to cover themselves & their wives.......Me.........$ 15.00 / month through Tricare !!
    .........( which has since gone to zero )
     
  3. Mike's03Mach

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    I had my sleep apnea study and the doc said I had a mild case of it.........only stopped breathing 7 times an hour!
     
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  4. wildman97

    wildman97 Member Established Member

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    I retired from the Marine Corps in 2014, At the time they were offering the TERA program. As long as you were over 15 years of service, a E-6 or above within certain MOS fields you could apply for a early retirement at a 2.5% reduction per year prior to 20.

    For me it was a easy choice after 15 years, multiple deployments and my youngest being on the autism spectrum it was my time to leave. I'm not sure if that program is still running but that may be an option.

    I will say though, if the program did not exist I don't think I could've just get out with only 5 years until a full 20 year retirement.
     
  5. DaleM

    DaleM T$45GOATMAGAMen Established Member

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    I.was.medically retired at.just short of 32 years. I had an amazing job. If I were.king for a day I would have stayed at E-7 or E-8. E-9 takes you away from the action more than I would have liked.
     
  6. nofire

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    I used to work at Tinker AFB with a guy who got out, got divorced and his wife got half, so he bought back his time and applied it to his civil service retirement just to spite her. lol
     
  7. Weather Man

    Weather Man Persistance Is A Bitch Premium Member Established Member

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    That would be a legal nightmare, judges get vindictive on stuff like that.
     
  8. nofire

    nofire Sooner#65 Premium Member Established Member

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    I always wondered about the legality of that situation. I give the man kudos for trying though. lol
     
  9. Stanger00

    Stanger00 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I got out after 7 years in 2010. I must of submitted a hundred or more online profile applications with resumes and not one phone call or email! I did get a job overseas and did that for 1 year and then I started school in 2012 when I got back home. I got a career job in 2014 and I thought I wouldn’t be able to go to school full time while working but I was wrong and gave it a try. I went to school off and on between 2014 and 2018 until I got my BA in December.

    Honestly, you’re selling yourself short if you decide not to work full-time while pursuing your degree.

    If you haven’t already, knock out those lower level courses at the base community college and ensure they will transfer to your new program. It’s free and will help prolong your GI Bill benefits. I 100% used my benefits and wish I had a few months left over to help cover some of my time in a graduate program or help pay for PMP course and certification exam.

    I checked how much my degree cost and it ran the VA nearly $74k and the MHA paid out to me was prolly close to $100k over 36 months.


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  10. saleensc281

    saleensc281 Member Established Member

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    Highly recommend you stick it out for another 5 years. You will reap the benefits in the long term of things. I pay $48.00 a month for my families health care coverage. You would be hard pressed to find that low of a rate in the civilian sector. I retired from the Army in 2017 as a E-7/SFC. Ended up working in the agriculture field for about a year and half. I enjoyed it as it was something I always wanted to do growing up. While doing that a opportunity presented itself and I now work as a DA Civilian as an Assistant Inspector General. A gig I did for 4 years as a green suiter. The position is short term (12 months) since I am back filling a DAC who is currently deployed; however it may turn into a full time job and should find out here in a couple months. So keeping my fingers crossed. Hang tight man...fight the good fight. 5 years will go by quick, trust me.
     

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