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.  Pregnancy  or  childbirth l Surviving family member l  Separation  of  aliens .  Separation  to  accept  public  office Regular   Navy   officers   may   usually   submit   a resignation  after  they  have  completed  4  years’ commissioned  service.  If  their  commissioned  service  is less than 6 years, they maybe required to join the Naval Reserve to complete a total of 6 years. Section 651, Title 10, United States Code  (USC),  provides,  among  other things, that all persons who become members of the armed forces on or after 10 November 1979 must serve in the armed forces for a total of 6 years. Each person under 26 years of age at the time of entry in the armed forces between 1 February 1978 and 9 November 1979 must serve in the armed forces for a total of 6 years. Approval  of  an  unqualified  resignation  is  not automatic; it is governed by the needs of the service, including  availability  of  qualified  relief.  Favorable consideration for resignation normally will be given to an officer who will have no active duty obligated service remaining on the requested detachment date. An  unqualified  resignation  must  be  submitted  by letter in the format specified in the MILPERSMAN, NAVPERS  15560C,  in  order  to  be  accepted  by SECNAV. An  unqualified  resignation,  once  accepted  by SECNAV,  carries  with  it  an  honorable  discharge. Early Release Reserve officers who are on active duty for the purpose  of  fulfilling  their  military  obligation  may submit a request to the Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS) for early separation. There are various reasons for this type of request. One  officer  may  desire  early  release  for  timely  school enrollment; another may do so because of a personal hardship.   Requests   for   early   release   under   any circumstance  must  be  accompanied  by  documented evidence to substantiate the reason for the request. Some  of  the  reasons  for  which  early  separation  is not  authorized  are  as  follows: l Attendance at night school .  Summer  school  (part-time  sessions) . Part-time school Trade  school Courses that prepare one for a hobby The officer is serving a period of active duty in return  for  schooling  received  after  being commissioned Release of an officer to inactive duty varies from time to time and as the needs of the service dictate. Therefore, you should consult the latest instructions and notices  for  up-to-date  requirements. Retirements An officer or enlisted member of the Regular Navy has a vested right to retire voluntarily upon completion of at least 30 years of active duty. Requests for voluntary retirement with less than 30 years of active duty will be considered on the basis of the overall needs of the service  and  the  individual  cases.  Final  approval  of requests for retirement rests with SECNAV. If an officer qualifies for voluntary retirement by virtue of meeting the time in service, the officer must have a medical examination  to  determine  if  any  nonincapacitating disabilities exist. If some disabilities do exist, the officer then receives a disability retirement. If no disabilities exist, the officer is voluntarily retired without disability. INVOLUTARY An officer may put forth his or her best efforts, but simply not be able to handle the responsibility of a job. The harder the person tries, the more the person bungles. In  spite  of  rigid  entrance  requirements,  it  sometimes happens that a person who is not capable of performing the duties receives a commission. This, in many cases, is no direct reflection on the officer; the person is simply in over his or her head. Some fail academically despite their  best  efforts  and  others  have  a  personality  or physical deficiency that prevents them from doing the job as well as required. Officers who fail to meet the standards  of  their  fellow  officers  are  involuntarily separated. Resignation  (Qualified) A qualified resignation is an involuntary separation. A qualified resignation is one that indicates there is some stigma, however slight, attached to the resignation that prevents  the  awarding  of  an  honorable  discharge certificate. A qualified resignation, if accepted, usually results  in  separation  with  a  general  discharge  certificate. 12-2

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