Military mandatory retirement age for active duty soldiers is from the age of 55 to 62. However, in January 2006, the US Army changed the military mandatory retirement age. This was done to accommodate older enlists who joining the army when they were hitting mid-thirties. The change in the military mandatory retirement age would now allow soldiers who join the army at ages greater than 34 to reach their 20 years of service so that they can get their active duty retirement pay.
In the military, active personnel can retire after they have completed 20 years of service. This can be at any age and is not subject to mandatory retirement. If you retire after completion of 20 years of service, you can get retirement benefits just like a personnel who retires because of attaining mandatory retirement age.
The US military also has something known as Stop-loss. This means that if a person has reached military mandatory retirement age, the military can resort to involuntary extension of his or her service. Stop-loss was first seen immediately before and after the first Persian Gulf War. It was used again when American military was deployed at Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo. Stop-loss came to the forefront after September 11 and is still being used.
The US Army states that soldiers who are facing stop-loss can separate voluntarily after requesting for the separation. But the request can only be put after they complete involuntary deployment of 12 to 15 months and an additional 90 days.
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