Aha! Thought you found that loophole, didn't you? Maybe, but maybe not. Department of Defense (DOD) Directives allow a military member to be discharged early to pursue their education if they are within 90 days of their normal separation date. Sometimes a service will approve an educational discharge request of more than 90 days.
For example, Air Force personnel can request separation after two years of service, if they have been accepted at an accredited school for medical training as physicians, dentists, osteopaths, veterinarians, optometrists, or clinical psychologists.
The Navy Personnel Manual allows sailors to request a discharge for education in excess of 90 days, but the approval authority for a 90 day (or less) discharge is the commanding officer (special court-martial authority), and for discharges for more than 90 days before the normal separation date, it goes all the way up to the commander of the Navy Personnel Command.
Neither thehe Army regulation (AR 635-200), nor the Marine Corps Regulation (MCO P1900-16F) allow for educational separations of more than 90 days prior to normal separation date.
- Getting Out
- Delayed Enlistment Program
- Service Commitments
- Entry Level Separations & Discharge Characterizations
- Breach of Contract
- Getting Kicked Out
- Sole Surviving Son or Daughter
- Early Release to Serve in the Guard or Reserves
- Convenience of the Government
- Conscientious Objectors