Thanks for the chance to help. I am an attorney with over 12 years military law
Marine, I am sorry to have to bear bad news.
There is not an easy way out of this. Specifically, it is not possible to simply "undo" the contract you signed (including the one year extension). You are in contract, and the Marine Corps will hold you to that contract.
Now...not to say it is not possible to leave
your contract early. It is. That is, it is possible to leave the service prior to the end of your contract...but to do so will require an administrative separation
. Specifically, you would need to request separation based on one of the many provisions of the MARCORPSEPSMAN (Marine Corpos Separations Manual). You can see that regulation herehttp://www.hqmc.marines.mil/Portals/61/Docs/FOIA/MARCORSEPMAN/MCO%20P1900_16F.pdf
Chapter 6 is the part that applies.
There are several ways specified under the MARCORPSEPSMAN that specify early release. If you can accept a 3 month early release, you can apply for the early release for education (section 6405). If you are experiencing a hardship with your family, you can apply for a hardship separation under section 6407.
I would urge you to review Chapter 6, specifically section 4 (6401 - 6421) as this is the section that applies to voluntary separation.
Specifically, there is paragraph 6421...this is the "catch all" provision...it allows discharge
for "good of the service". If your goal is to get out early, and no other provision of section 4 applies, then you can apply for a "good of the service" discharge. You can include, as a basis, the fact that your orders have changed due to budget constraints.
BotXXXXX XXXXXne: they will not simply "knock off that year". That is not possible at this point. But it is possible to get our early under the MARCORPSEPSMAN. The key is to get your chain of command to support. If your battalion commander
will support your request, you can be released early, with an honorable discharge