hi,Im a long time lurker here. Anyway,Ive seen a documentary from Iraq vets saying that when you signed up for 5 years or less you are actually signing up for 8 years. And also that even when you signed up for a bonus,the army can take the bonus away or change the contract if they want too. Basically the documentary is about the Armed forces lying about bonuses,benefits and changing the MOS that you signed for,Can anybody enlightened me on this Im planning to join the US army soon. TIA
My comments are not Army, as I am a Navy recruiter. That said, the 5yrs/8yrs thing is kind of correct, from a disgruntled sort of point of view. When you enlist in any US armed service for the first time, you are enlisting for a total of 8 years. Your initial active-duty obligation is included in that, so after 5 years you would have 3 years of what's called IRR time left. IRR is the Inactive Ready Reserve. Basically 3 years during which you can be recalled to active duty just like any other reservist, although you don't drill. If you re-up and stay active past 8 years, you will never notice your IRR time. If your service is not heavily engaged (like the Army right now) the only note you will take of IRR time is the annual IRR muster, and your letter of discharge.
As far as ignoring the contract goes, I suspect those guys' contracts never said what they thought they said. If something is guaranteed on the contract, it is guaranteed. That said, as I understand, the Army puts a couple/few different jobs on the individual contract, and you are guaranteed ONE of them. The other thing is that anything that disqualifies you from your original job can void that part of your contract (In other words, stay out of trouble in DEP.)
by the way, as I said a moment ago, I am an active US Navy Recruiter. Feel free to PM me with any questions you might have. (Keep in mind that the Navy directly recruits SEALS, Divers, EOD techs, and SWCC)
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