Is it possible to get discharged during your five years of service?

sbservice

Member
Hi,

A thought crossed through my mind: Is it possible to get discharged during your five years of service? For example, you break a bone or you lack in performance. Do you get discharged or do they make you still serve the five years? Trust me, this is pure curiosity and nothing more.

Thanks!
 

NavyHoops

Super Moderator
5-Year Member
Yes you can be discharged. Poor performance... it would have to be pretty bad, but can happen. It’s fairly rare. Failure to pass PT tests or height and weight issues. Conduct issues like DUIs. Medical discharge can and does happen. The goal is to keep you healthy and if something does happen to return you to duty, some injuries are bad enough you can’t continue. Also there can be force reductions. Depending on the needs of the Navy... someone can be discharged if they fail out of flight school or nuke school. The norm is to redesignate them to another field like SWO, but if the Navy is over staffed, some can get waking papers. Type of discharge is the key to any of this.
 

sbservice

Member
Yes you can be discharged. Poor performance... it would have to be pretty bad, but can happen. It’s fairly rare. Failure to pass PT tests or height and weight issues. Conduct issues like DUIs. Medical discharge can and does happen. The goal is to keep you healthy and if something does happen to return you to duty, some injuries are bad enough you can’t continue. Also there can be force reductions. Depending on the needs of the Navy... someone can be discharged if they fail out of flight school or nuke school. The norm is to redesignate them to another field like SWO, but if the Navy is over staffed, some can get waking papers. Type of discharge is the key to any of this.
Got it. Appreciate it. Thanks!
 

Old Navy BGO

5-Year Member
An officer will go through 2 promotions during the first 5 years ...it's rare, but you can get discharged for failure to promote. Also, as others have pointed out, you can get discharged for misconduct, criminal offense. If a medical issue, Military tries to rehabilitate, and if serious enough, you can retire with benefits. Finally, while rare --you might be separated for failure to complete training in your MOS .. the keyword there is NEEDS OF THE NAVY (or Service...I am sure it applies to all branches). Keep in mind, the Navy does have the need to fill some less than attractive junior officer billets (think BOQ Officer in Keflavik !), so they might use someone dropped from Flight School/SWOS for those billets before separating them.
 

sbservice

Member
An officer will go through 2 promotions during the first 5 years ...it's rare, but you can get discharged for failure to promote. Also, as others have pointed out, you can get discharged for misconduct, criminal offense. If a medical issue, Military tries to rehabilitate, and if serious enough, you can retire with benefits. Finally, while rare --you might be separated for failure to complete training in your MOS .. the keyword there is NEEDS OF THE NAVY (or Service...I am sure it applies to all branches). Keep in mind, the Navy does have the need to fill some less than attractive junior officer billets (think BOQ Officer in Keflavik !), so they might use someone dropped from Flight School/SWOS for those billets before separating them.
Very interesting.. Thank you so much!
 

Lazyboy

Member
.. the keyword there is NEEDS OF THE NAVY (or Service...I am sure it applies to all branches). Keep in mind, the Navy does have the need to fill some less than attractive junior officer billets (think BOQ Officer in Keflavik !), so they might use someone dropped from Flight School/SWOS for those billets before separating them.
That’s sounds worse than driving a cargo plane, flying rubber dog**** out of Hong Kong!
 
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