US Coast Guard 1979 - 1996*
Yeoman First Class (E-6)
* I chose that "early out" package called TERA (Temporary Early Retirement Authorization) that then-President Clinton and Congress signed back in 1996. It took the normal 20 year military retirement and dropped it to 15. I had 17 years in and, to be honest, I got tired and burned out of trying and trying and trying ...and trying yet again... to make Chief (E-7). I saw the writing on the wall and put in for it, got approved, and the rest is history.
Oh and before I forget... I heard from some of the guys who stayed in, that they (Clinton & Congress) had to shut down TERA in 1998, due to so many people jumping ship. Rumor had it that the Army lost something like 35,000 soldiers alone in 1996 because they too got out!
2007 Honda Shadow Aero 750
Visited states map via motorcycle: VA (home), MD, and NC.
Next states to visit: WV, PA, & NY
Ride bell by Old Dad (thank you! )