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Discussion in 'The US Air Force Forum' started by crash141, Aug 11, 2007.

  1. crash141


    Jun 11, 2005
    I just received my retirement orders in the mail yesterday. Effective date 31 December 2007. It will be 27 1/2 years, 7 on active duty and the rest in the active reserves. I can't wait. It's been a good career, but it's time to hang up my Air Force wings. I've been fortunate to do what I've wanted to for so long.
  2. meeko


    Apr 15, 2006
    Congradulations! I also recently retired from the ANG after 21 years with 7 years active duty Air Force. You will miss some of the things and it will feel wierd at first. You will enjoy having your weekends free to spend with family or doing whatever. It always seemd like drill weekends had the best weather (unless you were scheduled for the range) or conflicted when there were other activities downtown going on you'd rather be doing. Enjoy it!

  3. Lennyjoe


    Jan 8, 2002
    Congrats to the both of you. I finalled out this morning and go on terminal leave starting tomorrow. 22 years and 5 months active duty working on A-10 aircraft.

    Life will be different for sure but I'm ready for the change!
  4. JimBianchi

    JimBianchi Da Da CLM

    Feb 15, 2006
    Las Vegas
    I did 22.4 years in the service also. (2.9 in USCG, 19.5 in ADAF)

    Retired in Sept 02.

    Life is good!
  5. Bravo Five Zero

    Bravo Five Zero

    Sep 11, 2007
    Congratulations on making it all the way! I did 20 years and 6 months.......3 years regular Army, and 17 and a half years in the Air Force......retired in 1989 I miss the travel
  6. iholla


    Oct 25, 2006
    Im with ya Brother--I have 2 more weeks till I start my out proc, then on to permissive tdy then my actual leave. Ill be out effective 1 Feb 08--24 years!!!

    Time for me to try something differant--I will be staying up in AK for a while.:banana:
  7. Glockster35

    Glockster35 Silvrst8hlstr

    Jun 20, 2001
    Dayton, NV
    Congrats to all of you! I am about a year out now of 20, and I plan to stay as long as they will let me!
  8. leper65

    leper65 Gun Nut

    May 1, 2004
    Kenly, NC
    Congrats to all you recent and nearly retired guys. I retired 1 1/2 years ago after 21 1/2 years. There's a lot I miss about it, but there's a lot I sure don't!!

    Glockster, are you retiring out of Shady J or Pope ? I retired out of Shady J and still live there. Just started working for the AF as a civilian last month. Life is good.
  9. Glockster35

    Glockster35 Silvrst8hlstr

    Jun 20, 2001
    Dayton, NV
    If they force me to retire, which is very possible, I will retire from Shady J, but I won't be staying here. Goldsboro is not my kind of town! Too depressed, and no jobs! :brickwall:

    I will likley move to the Pacific North West, Oregon, Idaho or Washington States. My wife is a RN, so I will go where she can get a good job. :rock:
  10. Cody Jarrett

    Cody Jarrett

    Sep 14, 2006
    My hat goes off to each of you. Thanks for keeping watch over our families and way of life.
  11. DMF

    DMF P33

    Jan 19, 2003
  12. I retired about 10 years ago from the ANG. I will be 60 next march. Do I have to do anything or does retirement money start coming automatically. Also, tell me about tri care insurance. (22 years of ANG)
    Guess I should have made this a new thread.
  13. BlackeyCole


    Oct 6, 2007
    Congrats to all who served and retired. I myself did a little over 20 years and retired March 02.
  14. crash141


    Jun 11, 2005
    southern shooter,
    I know in the reserves you have to apply when you turn 60 to start getting your retirement. I'm not sure about the guard, but I'd look into it.
  15. meeko


    Apr 15, 2006
    The folks in the personel deartment at my base stated there were two ways to retire. Retired reserve and Retired. I sort of had an issue with how the message was delivered.

    This is what my base retirement/seperations office said!

    Retired Reserve means you go on a retired list and build so many point a year and the month you turn 60 everything (all paperwork etc)is done automaticly. Downside you could be grabed up on an extreme case if a major conflict happend (like Iran invaded the beach here).

    Retired. You gain no points til age 60. You have to do your own paperwork upon turning 60 and (the retirement/seperations guy's words) It's up to the Sec of the AF to approve your retirement. (thats what I had the problem with) They didn't let that little "issue" out until I am doing paperwork to retire. If the masses new that there is 50% of your retention. Other bad is with a stroke of congress pen anyone could probably be pulled out of retirement.

    The ready reserve would be exhausted first (22-30 year olds) vs us retired (40 plus year olds) But that is how my base broke it down.
  16. Watchman


    Oct 12, 2007
    Windy Wyoming
    Retired after 20 years and 4 days almost 5 years ago. Sometimes I miss it and some times I don't.

    I work here on FE Warren AFB so I am around military day in and day out so that helps keep me in the loop.
  17. dewidmt

    dewidmt Gunaholic

    May 25, 2007
    Southern Indiana
    Got out in 2004 with 20 years and 9 months...don't miss it a bit. Miss the folks I met over the years, but definetly not the job!
  18. Retired in '90 after 24 yrs. Only problem was figuring out what to wear every morning.
  19. CarlosC

    CarlosC AK Fanatic

    Jan 4, 2000
    DFW area, TX
    Retired in '03 after 21 years, 1 month, and 22 days. I made a clean break and have nothing to do with the military in my new job. I guess I just wanted to cut that umbilical and see if I could make it.

    I got out and went to work for Honeywell's Specialty Polymers division before switching to my current employer who has nothing to do with the military, even remotely. I lucked out too because I work nine-tenths of a mile from my front door - very convenient.

    Food for thought...There are major differences (athmosphere) between the civilian world and the military aside from the obvious, be ready!
  20. iholla


    Oct 25, 2006
    Can you give a little insight on this?

    Im getting ready to hit the Civ world and well............