I'm in the Marine Corps Reserves
and reenlisted after my initial 6 years to do another 4 year contract (3 drilling/1 IRR) and received a bonus
for $15,000 to fill a specific position. Our platoon is way over capacity now though, and I've been accepted into graduate school and am beginning classes, and been offered a great full time job. I didn't want to reenlist but did so to make it financially, pay off bills/credit cards, and be able to go to graduate school. Now that things are looking great, I would love to get out of the Marines
and continue my life in the civilian world, especially because it takes so much time from studying and working full time. I simply no longer need it, it's very stressful, and keeps me from going all out with my school and work.
They're doing early release programs, and the FSRIG came and talked to my platoon to let many of us leave
early. Those outside 50 miles could get out of the Marine Corps Reserves that day- very frustrating because I just moved within 50 miles and could have waited.
I saw one option that was to request to drop to the IRR now for school, and then once my end of contract hits they'll determine whether to extend my contract. The hope here is that they decide not to extend and just let me out. This seems like a pretty good idea, but maybe not the best. Another idea is to wait for the fy14 early out programs to be unveiled.
Do you have any good suggestions on how I could end my contract early? I went to Iraq and have been in for almost 8 years and have served honorably and even been meritoriously promoted twice. It's just time for me to move on to other things. What could I do?