haus wrote:MrLions wrote:BlendedUnicorn wrote:I would just sign up for 3.5 years and get comfortable with having an extra year of life experience and maybe getting the chance to make E5.
Your plan's got a ton of pitfalls- if your command denies your early separation, there's a good chance the commander will also have a policy on how much terminal leave he'll allow. I wouldn't want to be relying on a plan that would require more than 15 days. Reenlisting and then turning around almost immediately and trying to get out early will get you all the wrong sorts of attention- it's amazing how hard people can make it for you to do things that you theoretically have the right to do once you're in.
I guess there's a chance it could work but it should tell you something that you're getting comments like this from everyone who has been in.
Yeah, I get it. I'm just worried the 3.5 then turns into 4.5 if things don't go as planned.
Keep in mind, you will still be on the hook for several years of reserve time (perhaps inactive). With the shit head in office, the odds seem higher than normal that stupid shit is going to happen and your 3.5 may well turn into 7.5. Hopefully life will go as you want it to, but when you sign the papers you need to understand that there is a shit-ton that will be entirely out of your control.
Thank you all for the words of caution. I just checked online and you literally can't even do 90-day Early Release to Further Education unless your initial enlistment is for 3 or more years. So the 2 year plan I laid out above isn't even going to work. I'm going to have to think more on this and decide whether the 3.5 yr option is worth it for my goals.