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Old 09-06-2021, 5:12 PM
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A little while I decided to drop my retirement packet. Iíve been asked why, Iíve completed phase one of the Sergeants Major Academy and am making good progress on phase two, Iím almost guaranteed promotion next year, and my answer is multifaceted.

The big and easy answer is the way the current administration has handled the withdrawal from Afghanistan, I have lost all faith, trust, and confidence in the civilian and military leadership at the federal level.

Beyond that though, it gets a bit more personal, my current commander put me on blast in an email to the battalion CSM Commander and XO, Division CSM, saying I havenít done my job and is removing me from the 1SG position, but I was away on orders from February through mid July, I had a replacement in place as well. Additionally, I spoke with the commander over the phone maybe four times in the year we worked together, I initiated three of those calls, and not once was my performance mentioned in the calls. I spent most of last monthís drill by his side and he didnít say a word about my performance at all.

Thereís other stuff but thatís the bulk of it, but I have noticed that my attention and judgment just isnít the same, itís started to slip towards the end of the riots last summer.

I was really looking forward to wearing the pinks and greens, going to the joint firepower course and deploying one last time, but itís just not in the cards. My CSM asked me if a deployment would help keep me in and I told him that I donít trust the current administration to deploy to Nevada without incident.

21 years, good enough I guess.
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Old 09-07-2021, 12:13 PM
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Thank you for serving. Americans appreciate it.
It's too bad to hear it will end under the conditions described. Hang in there and do what you believe to be right....I suspect there will be others to follow.
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Old 09-08-2021, 9:30 AM
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If you want to travel to San Diego we are opening a new BN that will need a CSM.
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Old 09-08-2021, 5:04 PM
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Good for you. There was a stong change in the culture of the military under the Obama administration, and it seems to have gotten much worse.

I can only imagine that to continue to stay in it will feel as if you have made a deal with the devil in order to increase your retirement and maintain your current financial stability. You would inevitably have to drink the kool aid, or struggle with the internal dilemma of supporting ideals you fundamentally disagree with.

You've been a longtime member here, and through your posts I know you to be a talented and motivated person who will find purpose and success elsewhere.
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Old 09-08-2021, 9:29 PM
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Are you collecting your retirement check upon retirement, or have to wait until you're 60?

Can you lay low in the IRR? From there be more selective where you want to move next?

I get it. I barely have half the time you do. I gave myself the time I spent in my next assignment to decompress from my previous nonsense (having still to finish out my obligation). If I couldn't get life back under control I'd simply leave at the first window.

I guess when you're holding your 20 year letter you have a soft place to land when you jump.


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My decompression time in my current unit has really helped. I went from being 1st in seniority of 160PAX to like 30th out of 90. Now I feel I can control my fate (within reason). I certainly can limit my professional exposure.

It's has given me time to sort out my next move.
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Old 09-08-2021, 9:39 PM
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If you don’t have any plans, you can join reserve in meantime.
20years retirement is not that much after tax.
If you don’t have any debt, you are in better place.
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Thank you everyone, I’ll be start collecting once I turn 60, I’m not worried about it. I learned earlier today that my commander is also retiring, my CSM tried using that to get me to stay but I told him it’s a combination of things, and I think I really need to focus on the civilian side and get a real career started. I initiated my paperwork today and have an appointment to turn my gear in. I will officially be in the retired reserves come November 1st.
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In 2015 I walked away at 24 yrs. Had a good chance to put on MCPO but the prospect of limited billets (and obligatory conversion to the Navy equivalent of CSM) away from home didn't appeal to me. Now I'm home every night.
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A little while I decided to drop my retirement packet. Iíve been asked why, Iíve completed phase one of the Sergeants Major Academy and am making good progress on phase two, Iím almost guaranteed promotion next year, and my answer is multifaceted.

The big and easy answer is the way the current administration has handled the withdrawal from Afghanistan, I have lost all faith, trust, and confidence in the civilian and military leadership at the federal level.

Beyond that though, it gets a bit more personal, my current commander put me on blast in an email to the battalion CSM Commander and XO, Division CSM, saying I havenít done my job and is removing me from the 1SG position, but I was away on orders from February through mid July, I had a replacement in place as well. Additionally, I spoke with the commander over the phone maybe four times in the year we worked together, I initiated three of those calls, and not once was my performance mentioned in the calls. I spent most of last monthís drill by his side and he didnít say a word about my performance at all.

Thereís other stuff but thatís the bulk of it, but I have noticed that my attention and judgment just isnít the same, itís started to slip towards the end of the riots last summer.

I was really looking forward to wearing the pinks and greens, going to the joint firepower course and deploying one last time, but itís just not in the cards. My CSM asked me if a deployment would help keep me in and I told him that I donít trust the current administration to deploy to Nevada without incident.

21 years, good enough I guess.
Are you AD now or reserves?
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Congratulations on your retirement. I certainly understand why you would not want to stay, under the current administration. Best of luck on a new career, I can imagine it will be great
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Are you AD now or reserves?
National Guard, been a traditional M-Day guy my whole career, although between all the deployments I have something like 6 or 7 years of AD time. In the past few days Iíve spoken with 4 different SGMs trying to get me to stay in, including the top CSM for CA, and the NG liaison for the academy, I figure thereís probably two more at least who will be calling and giving it a shot.

Thereís things that I wanted to do and accomplish before I left but like SnWnMe said, when itís no longer fun, itís time to go. I did a lot, seen a lot and met a lot of great people over the years.
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Old 09-12-2021, 5:05 AM
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Thank you for putting your money where your mouth is on the problems we face. I support you 100%.
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Congrats. Start making some calls, leave Friday in uniform, come in on Monday in slacks.
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I left in 2009 after 20 years. It wasn’t fun anymore, wasn’t making me a better person .. it was time to go. Used my VA 33 benefits for a couple years before starting a second career. In my case it was a great move, more time at home, less stress, better pay, etc.
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A little while I decided to drop my retirement packet. Iíve been asked why, Iíve completed phase one of the Sergeants Major Academy and am making good progress on phase two, Iím almost guaranteed promotion next year, and my answer is multifaceted.

The big and easy answer is the way the current administration has handled the withdrawal from Afghanistan, I have lost all faith, trust, and confidence in the civilian and military leadership at the federal level.

Beyond that though, it gets a bit more personal, my current commander put me on blast in an email to the battalion CSM Commander and XO, Division CSM, saying I havenít done my job and is removing me from the 1SG position, but I was away on orders from February through mid July, I had a replacement in place as well. Additionally, I spoke with the commander over the phone maybe four times in the year we worked together, I initiated three of those calls, and not once was my performance mentioned in the calls. I spent most of last monthís drill by his side and he didnít say a word about my performance at all.

Thereís other stuff but thatís the bulk of it, but I have noticed that my attention and judgment just isnít the same, itís started to slip towards the end of the riots last summer.

I was really looking forward to wearing the pinks and greens, going to the joint firepower course and deploying one last time, but itís just not in the cards. My CSM asked me if a deployment would help keep me in and I told him that I donít trust the current administration to deploy to Nevada without incident.

21 years, good enough I guess.
It makes me sad that have to end it that way.
I have really enjoyed watching you advance from when you were a bucky......
We were all very proud of you at each promotion.
Good luck with whatever you do next, and if you're going to be off for a while come up here and go fishing on the snake with me.
You have the number.
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It makes me sad that have to end it that way.
I have really enjoyed watching you advance from when you were a bucky......
We were all very proud of you at each promotion.
Good luck with whatever you do next, and if you're going to be off for a while come up here and go fishing on the snake with me.
You have the number.
Thanks brother, Iím really ok with it, allows me to focus on family and my new career, which, in the span of 7 days, received calls from 5 companies wanting to interview me. All five are promising but the first one is the best bet I think, mechanical engineering manager with an aerospace/fishing company in Chino, the owners and everyone else in the company Iíve met so far has been super friendly and it seems like a great work environment, should know within the next few days if I get the job or not.
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When a friend of mine retired he went to the IRS (in El Monte) in their division that goes out and seizes assets. Along with his LTC retirement and IRS retirement he did well.
There was a house in Pasadena he called his. He had attached it on 3 different occasions. The guy always paid and got it back.
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I spoke with a friend today who is also currently a 1SG and is attending the SGM academy. He told me that he is going to retire as soon as he hits 20 years next spring as he doesnít want to get the jab and is also disgusted by how Afghanistan was handled. Iíve been told by various SGMs that Iím an outstanding 1SG and would have made a great SGM, my buddy who is also getting out makes me look like a loser, the military is going to be hurting for decades due to the quality individuals getting out all around the same time because of all this crap.
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Talent lost won't be recognized. Lessons won't be learned. It will only come to light when we enter our next conflict, much like the Korean War. Hopefully we come out on top.
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I am in the same boat. 26 years total, 20 active in January. Top, you said it about the current admin, but it goes deeper, just look at Roberts. I am tired of it all. Have not heard back from the higher headquarters about my retirement memo and need that and orders to start the whole thing. I have been instructing wheel vehicle and generator mechanics for 8 years full time here at Roberts. Looking for a real job now. can always go back to driving a truck but would rather work near home.

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I am in the same boat. 26 years total, 20 active in January. Top, you said it about the current admin, but it goes deeper, just look at Roberts. I am tired of it all. Have not heard back from the higher headquarters about my retirement memo and need that and orders to start the whole thing. I have been instructing wheel vehicle and generator mechanics for 8 years full time here at Roberts. Looking for a real job now. can always go back to driving a truck but would rather work near home.
I know exactly what you're saying about Roberts, I remember the scandal of the embezzled money, the warehouses full of equipment rotting away while nothing was being done. I spoke with my CSM about Roberts getting those plastic barriers for the pop-up range for the new qual, said they are junk and need to be replaced with concrete, he said it was too expensive. Sure concrete is expensive, but it's not going to deteriorate in the sun in just a few years and need to be replaced like the plastic will. it's been a year since I've been to Roberts and I'm likely to never go there again.

I say if you can, stick it out until you get your Active 20 year letter then punch out, right now the job market is freaking bizarre, tons of openings but not everyone actually wants to fill them. hopefully things will be better in January, it's already improved from how it was over the summer. I got my M-Day 20 year letter 10 days after I hit the mark, hopefully the Fed letter will be just as quick for you.
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My active 20 is January. Good advise. My first day or retirement is (should be) 1 April. Rather unique I think
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