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There is a lot of work to be done before you separate out of military service. It not only marks the ending of a career, but likely a complete uprooting of your life and drastic modification to your lifestyle.

First off, find your separation date. If you will not be allowed to reenlist you may have one-two years to prepare for your ETS. This will allow you to be well prepared for transition to civilian life. JAG and your local REUP NCO can help you identify the benefits you will be entitled to according to the type of discharge you are being separated under.

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Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training.

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  • Part-Time-Commander


    I always told my Soldiers to never leave the military unless they had a game plan. You can’t just get out of the Army and just wing it. If you do that, you will probably fall flat on your face and be greatly disappointed.

    If you are thinking about getting out in the months or years ahead, write down a game plan. It will be well worth the time invested.


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