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How long can someone stay in the military before they are forced to leave?

I am in the NAVY and I literally have no life, my parents abandoned me and my aunts and uncles dont really care about me or talk to me. I 22 and I am an E4, I just wanna know how long I can stay in before I will be forced to leave. My chain of command keeps giving me different answers. Some say I can stay in for 35 years while other say you get kicked out at the age of 50. Other say that officers have it different, I heard the president could allow the CNO to stay in once he is willing and able. they said it doesn't matter if he is 75 years old, is this true? If it was up to me I would stay in until I couldn't do my job anymore (which is around 75 years old....lol). Hell my friend's' father is 80 years old and she is active like me. I am just scared to get out, this is the only life I know and the military is my family. What could I possibly do after I retire? I know for a fact that I will live close to a base after retirement just so I could visit every once in a while. Or I might get a civilian job on base, I just have to be close to service members and the military (I know it sounds weird..lol) I dont think anyone appreciates the NAVY like me (unless you were homeless and had no family of course...lol) Another quick question, when I retire do I get a retirement check for he rest of my life or do I have to find another job? if I do get a check until I die, then what percent of my last pay grade would it be?

Asked By: - 2/10/2011
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You are allowed to stay on active duty for 32 years or until you reach 62 years of age... More
Answered By: jeeper_peeper321 - 2/11/2011
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You are thinking too far ahead. Yes you can stay in for decades and you'll get a nice pension at the end and the checks come every month till you die. That's all you need worry about now. Now go enjoy your youth.
Answered By: scoutma53 - 2/10/2011
 
You can stay in for 30 years. After 30 years get 75% of you base pay for the rest of your life. However, you are still young. One day you are going to meet someone you love and will probably decide you want to spend more time with them. In which case if you retire at 20 years you recieve 50% of your base pay. When... More
Answered By: Mr.Blue - 2/11/2011
 
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