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Old 05-03-2011, 10:57 PM
 
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This question is just out of curiosity. When I was in the regular army 20 years ago, most initial enlistments were 4 years, some were three years and on a rare occassion I would meet someone who had gotten a 2 year enlistment. Do they still have those?
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:50 AM
 
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Ther was a push for them with National Call to Service, but they have been discontinued. At least it has been in the Marine Corps. There are still 2 year re-enlistments and extensions.

Two Year Enlistments

Two Year Enlistment Option (National Call to Service Program)
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Old 05-04-2011, 01:33 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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This question is just out of curiosity. When I was in the regular army 20 years ago, most initial enlistments were 4 years, some were three years and on a rare occassion I would meet someone who had gotten a 2 year enlistment. Do they still have those?
When I was being drafted 43 years and one day ago:

1. The Army draft was two years (and some people got out up to six months early under certain conditions). You could volunteer for the draft, and just take your chances at MOS.

2. During that period most Army enlistments were for three years, and a few were four. The Air Force enlistments were four years minimum.

3. At that time the total service obligation was 6 years, and I guess in the 80's it was changed to 8 years. (For those not familiar with that, don't go ballistic...).

I found this from 2007, which is interesting, from Army Introduces New Two-Year Enlistment Bonus, Raises Three-Year Bonus :
"FORT KNOX, Ky. (Army News Service, May 31, 2007) - The U.S. Army Recruiting Command introduced two new enlistment incentives yesterday.

A bonus of up to $51,864 is available to recruits signing up for a two-year enlistment in more than 45 active-Army military occupational specialties.

A maximum combined bonus for a three-year enlistment was also raised to $25,000 for MOSs.

Qualified recruits who enlist for two years plus training are eligible for an enlistment bonus of up to $15,000, which can be combined with the Montgomery GI Bill and Army College Fund of $36,864. These incentives are available to qualified recruits who enlist in one of more than 45 job specialties, including fire support specialist (13F), signal support systems specialist (25U), petroleum supply specialist (92F), pharmacy specialist (68Q) and health-care specialist (68W)"
Rich

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Old 05-04-2011, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Nevada side of Lake Tahoe
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You are obligated for EIGHT years once you sign the contract. Once you serve your active duty (whether it was two or four years) you are placed either in the Reserves (One weekend a month, two weeks a year drills) or in the IRR (Individual Ready Reserve). Which means that you still can be called to active duty if you're in the IRR, or in the Reserves.

Source: What the Recruiter Never Told You -- Part 4, Enlistment Contracts and Enlistment Incentives (This thouroughly explains Enlistment Contracts and/or Incentives)
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Old 05-06-2011, 06:59 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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2 year extensions yes, 2 year initial enlistments, no.
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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2 year extensions yes, 2 year initial enlistments, no.
My ex-husband joined the Marine Corps 3 years ago and only signed up for 2 years. I didn't know that had changed.
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Old 05-08-2011, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Where there is too much snow!
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My ex-husband joined the Marine Corps 3 years ago and only signed up for 2 years. I didn't know that had changed.
The last I remember it was a total of 8 years and you could do a mix of, "active duty, reserves, national guard or IRR". If you complete 2 years active then you have a choice of completeing the other 6 years with one of the other three. The IRR, you just show up once a year, complete some paper work, do some tests, just to let them know that your still alive and where your liveing. But there's no pay in it.
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Old 05-12-2011, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Nevada side of Lake Tahoe
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My ex-husband joined the Marine Corps 3 years ago and only signed up for 2 years. I didn't know that had changed.
Does this mean he's still with the Corps?
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