|Could I leave the navy if I didn't like it?|
This is a long answer to the question but the rules are complicated and it's important that you know what they are so please read on.
You can no longer 'buy yourself out' of the armed forces.If you enlisted you couldn't leave during the first 28 days of paid duty (not including time spent on leave, whether authorised or unauthorised).
After the first 28 days of paid duty and before six months had passed since you enlisted, you could leave the navy if you applied in writing to your commanding officer. This is called 'Discharge as of Right' (DAOR) and if you left in this way you wouldn't have to serve in the reserve.
If your six months for DAOR had passed but you were still under 18 you could give three months' notice to leave. This period could be reduced if both you and the navy agreed to it.
If your six months for DAOR had passed and your 18th birthday had passed then you would have no legal right to leave the navy until three years and six months after you'd finished training. The length of your training would depend on the job you enlisted to do. To leave then you would have to have given 12 months' notice in writing. The navy can reduce this notice period by up to six months but this is at their discretion and is not a right; this reduction has to be decided in the first month of the notice period or not at all.
If you left the navy after you had turned 18 and after your DAOR period had ended then you would still have to serve in the Reserve. Reserve Service means that once you have left Regular Service and returned to civilian life you can still be called out to serve on active duty at any time. Reserve Service usually lasts six years from the date you leave Regular Service.
If you received extra training or education or another benefit, you might have to sign a form to extend your minimum term of regular service by up to six years.If there were a time of 'imminent national danger', for example if the country were attacked, you may not be allowed to leave the navy for the duration, whatever your circumstances.
If you tried to leave without the right to do so, you would be deemed Absent Without Leave (AWOL). This is an offence under military law and can be punished with a long prison term in some cases.
If you are thinking of joining, ask your recruiter to tell you in detail about the rules for leaving the navy - it is very important that you know exactly what you would be signing up for.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 21 July 2011 21:44|