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Military Contract

Military contracts are the militaries’ way of dealing with enlistment obligations and other obligations of the soldiers. When a soldier signs these contracts he/she is stating their commitment to the military. The military holds their contracts obligations seriously. Below are the most commonly asked questions regarding Military Contracts that the Experts have answered.

Can a Marine renegotiate his/her contract from a 5 year contract to a 4 year contract?

Generally the Marines do not renegotiate contracts and take off a year of service once a soldier signs the enlistment contract for that number of years. If a soldier meets the requirements, then he/she may be able to request to be released early due to wanting to go to school or a family hardship, but the soldier cannot renegotiate their enlistment contract once it is signed.

If a person signs a contract with the military and they release the person from the contract for whatever reason, can the person file a breach of contract against the military?

When the military makes out a contract they, in most cases, protect themselves against breach of contract law suits. The military generally can change the contracts at will due to the way they word the contracts or the provisions they place in the contracts to protect themselves. The person may file a law suit, but in most cases are not successful in getting a judgment against the military due to the provisions in most the military contracts.

Would a soldier be bound to a 5 year contract if he/she got a MOS of 4 years?

If a soldier enlists in the military and requests a MOS and then is denied that MOS the soldier is still bound by the contract he/she originally signed. If the military deems that a soldier is better in another MOS, then the soldier will still have to serve the time that he/she originally signed up to do and the MOS of the soldier can change at any time during the years of service.

If a soldier has a family related issue can he/she get out of their military contract?

The soldier would need to fill out a request for discharge stating the family issue. If the soldier could get the family member’s doctor to fill out a report on behalf of the soldier explaining the issues, this may help the soldier out in their filing for discharge. The more information to support the claim for discharge, the better of a chance the soldier may have of being granted the discharge.

If a soldier reenlists at a certain rank and was told that he/she would have that rank then finds out later that he/she would be getting a lower rank, can the soldier get out of the contract they signed?

The soldier may need to get a letter from the recruiter and writing a letter explaining the situation to the higher commanding officers. If the rank on the enlistment contract is a typo, then the soldier may be stuck with the lower rank and not able to get out of the contract that he/she signed. The writing of the letter may be the soldier’s best recourse to get the contract fixed.

Military contracts can be confusing and frustrating for the soldier that is dealing with them. The military can provide benefits for the soldier but they can also provide confusion and questions as well. Military contracts involve the soldier’s pay, rank, job, length of service, as well as other factors that the military may provide the soldier with. Although many times errors can occur when the contracts are drawn up, the soldier who signs the contracts are bound by what the contract has in it. If you have Military contract questions, it is always wise to see outside help of Experts.

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