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Old 12-26-2013, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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As far as I understand it's after serving 20 years correct? Does it have to be 20 years in army, navy, etc? Or is 16 years in navy and 4 years in army qualify for retirement?
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Old 12-26-2013, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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As far as I understand it's after serving 20 years correct? Does it have to be 20 years in army, navy, etc? Or is 16 years in navy and 4 years in army qualify for retirement?
20 years, period. Any combination of services on active duty suffices. It is quite common for personnel to have started in another service depending on the enlistment rules in effect at the time they move to the other service, and those years of active duty in the other service do count towards retirement.
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Old 12-26-2013, 08:15 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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As far as I understand it's after serving 20 years correct? Does it have to be 20 years in army, navy, etc? Or is 16 years in navy and 4 years in army qualify for retirement?
Retirement is at 20 years (Or more) of active military service. It can be various services.
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Old 12-27-2013, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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It used to be common to see sailors who had served in other branches.

Now days I think it has became harder to make the shift.
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:35 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I have a friend who served active duty Marine Corps, Air Force and Army.

I have over five long time friends and acquaintances who served Marine Corps and Army, and one who served Navy and Army, Army and Air Force and British Army and then U.S. Army...

That was years ago, probably, maybe? more difficult these days.
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Fayetteville, NC
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I have over five long time friends and acquaintances who served Marine Corps and Army, and one who served Navy and Army, Army and Air Force and British Army and then U.S. Army...
Just to clarify for the OP, the retirement computation is based only on service time in US forces, and does not take into account any time spent in foreign military services.
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:42 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Just to clarify for the OP, the retirement computation is based only on service time in US forces, and does not take into account any time spent in foreign military services.
That is correct... I guess I also strayed a bit...

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Old 12-28-2013, 07:03 AM
 
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A note about the US Marine Corps.
Last I knew - the only branch where all had to go through boot camp - even if in another military branch before.
I would probably stay away from the Marines.
This branch is just too small and obtaining rank can take a lot of time - more then other branches all depending on MOS. The Marines is shrinking now so obtaining rank is even more difficult. For those non-service folks - rank equals pay.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:34 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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A note about the US Marine Corps.
Last I knew - the only branch where all had to go through boot camp - even if in another military branch before.
I would probably stay away from the Marines.
This branch is just too small and obtaining rank can take a lot of time - more then other branches all depending on MOS. The Marines is shrinking now so obtaining rank is even more difficult. For those non-service folks - rank equals pay.
I have met many retired Marines who became a Marine for reasons other than rank...

Here is just one:

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Old 12-28-2013, 10:04 AM
 
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A note about the US Marine Corps.
Last I knew - the only branch where all had to go through boot camp - even if in another military branch before.
I would probably stay away from the Marines.
This branch is just too small and obtaining rank can take a lot of time - more then other branches all depending on MOS. The Marines is shrinking now so obtaining rank is even more difficult. For those non-service folks - rank equals pay.
Also the Navy advancement system is setup by job category, some jobs advance at a much faster rate than others. You can look up the CREO for any job on the internet, in some cases it's unbelievable how some jobs are just that much better than others. Also this has nothing to do with asvab scores, 6yo commits, or sea intensive jobs, it's just random a lot of times.
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