Originally Posted by That One Guy
I know there were a few drawdown periods where they tried to get people out early (after the gulf war and again in the late 90s, I believe) but I think that was always a thing where they just bought out their retirement. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone being allowed to retire before 20 years.
well, i personally know two: one army major and one usaf major. both retired, with full (for 15 years) retirement benefits (not bought out). if my memory serves, it was about '97 when they left. anyhow, still tangential to the OP.
99.9% of the time leaving at 16 is not smart, financially.