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Poll: Prior Military LEO's: did you seperate? or did you stay the full 20?

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Poll: Active Duty Military, did you seperate or stay the full 20 years to retirement?

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Posted over 1 year ago

 

Hey Y'all,


I've been reading the forums and don't think I've seen this questioned asked. I was just wondering how y'all chose wether to seperate after your enlistment was up or stay the full 20 years in order to retire and why you chose that way. I'm about 4.5 years into my 6 year enlistment, and I'm at that point of where I need to choose if I want to get out and try to become a civilian LEO or reenlist and stay 20 years to retirement.


It's been my dream to get out and be a cop, but that 2nd paycheck just sounds inviting. Then again, talking with friends from high school about their careers in LE makes me a little envious of them... well more then a little, I hate it. I'm just weighing the good and the bad of staying in and getting out now. Biggest downfalls of staying in would be the lack or satisfaction from my job now and being 39 years old down the road when I would retire. Having two paychecks is a plus and having the extra years would allow for a smoother transition into the civilian world. All in all, I'm at a deadlock and just wondering how others made the choice, what they took into account and what not.

White_shirt_max50

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Stay in the military. Seek a LE job after you retire.

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Not a LEO, but I would say that if you really want to be one, you would need to see what the age cut off is in your area. In my area they will not consider you if you are over 35. I know many LEOs who retired from the military became a LEO and have remained in the reserves as a second job and love being able to do both. Good luck with whatever you decide and thank you for serving our Country and keeping us safe.

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I knew that I was going to remain in service to qualify for retirement one way or another. I left active duty after an initial enlistment (Engineer, then MP), but went to the Reserves to complete my years for a retirement of 22 years. There are not too many jobs out here right now, so if you can stay in the military, perhaps change MOS if the satisfaction level is low. If you leave AD, then transition to RC, so that you can continue service and eventually collect a pension. The decision is ultimately yours, so choose wisely and good luck...

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My situation was similar to csiguy's. I was Active for 10 years and transitioned into the National Guard. Stayed there for another 10 for my retirement. Five years before I retired from the Military, I was sworn in as an LEO. I now have 20 years (almost) in Law Enforcement. It worked out pretty well. By the time I'm 60, I'll be drawing two retirement checks. Well, at least that's the plan.


Whatever decision you make (stay in/get out), keep your Military time going. The Reserves/National Guard is the best part time job in the world.


Good luck. Thank You for your Service.


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