Thanks for the chance to help. I am an attorney with over 12 years military law
So you ask the age old question...how do I get out early?
Answer...there is not an easy way. With our all volunteer service, the military spent a good deal of money to find and train you...the last thing they want is to let you out before they get a return on their investment.
That said, if you want out prior to the end of your contract, it will need to come from an administrative separation
There are 2 types of Administrative Separations...Voluntary and Involuntary. You want, if at all possible, voluntary. If you can fit your circumstances into a voluntary separation you will typically rate an honorable separation.
Some examples of reasons for voluntary separation include:
Early release to further education
While not voluntary, a "convenience of the government" discharge
may also get you where you want to go. As the title says, its for the government's convenience, not yours..but if you can convince the command to support you this is also a way out.
If you can not find a voluntary separation reason that fits your circumstances, I would urge you to finish your term, since if you attempt an involuntary separation
, this will typically result in a less than favorable characterization of your discharge, a loss in veterans benefits
and difficulty going forward in a job search. Still, if you can not find a voluntary separation that fits, you can look closely at the different involuntary methods, as one or more may apply
Either way it is very important that someone in your command is "on your side" If there is a Staff NCO or better who can speak to the command on your behalf this will help quite a bit. In the end it is the Commanding Officer
who will likely make the decision whether or not to discharge you and if so, how. You want someone in the command who can advocate your case.
Best of luck