Making the Decision to Leave the Military

Service members going in and out of a large ship carrying bags of their personal belongings

Sometimes, there's no question that it's time to leave:

  • You're the only one left at the party, and the hostess is alternating between yawning and checking her watch.
  • The lights in the stadium are powering off one by one.
  • The waiters are staring you down while they sweep under your table.
  • Your kid breaks something or has a meltdown or an accident.

Then, there are those tricky decisions, like whether or not to leave the military. The right decision for someone else may not be the right one for you. Make sure you're seeing the big picture, and make the right call for you.

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