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Getting out of a military contract is not easy. In fact, it can't be done without the approval of his commander. There is nothing that you can do, as a parent, to influence or legally compel that result.
If he is unhappy to the point of depression, he needs to make that known to medical personnel so that it can be documented. Only in that way can your son start walking down that path that can lead to his separation based on the medical issue itself or based on the belief that he is not really cut out for military service.
That's what it is going to take though. Some medical recommendation to be separated, perhaps supported by the chaplain after your son has spoken with him/her.
Simply getting out of the contract is not an option. Many enlisted members talk among themselves about loopholes used to leave the military. Those are myths or half truths. After nearly 3 decades of continuous warfare, the military has closed any loopholes that used to exist. The only sure fire way to guarantee separation any more is a drug offense, and he doesn't want that on his record.
He has to work with medical and his chain of command in order to receive an administrative separation, at the discretion of his commander.
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