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19 years in. . . a few dumb questions.


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10+ Year Member
Mar 7, 2007
  1. Attending Physician
Won't be able to attend TAPS anytime soon and my local leadership is pretty inept so I have some dumb questions I'm hoping the group can help with:

20 years is 9 June 2021, which I understand means I retire on 1July 2021? Do I give notice to the MPF this month, the morning if 1 July 2020 or is it not all that time sensitive?

I signed a 2 year RP bonus in July 2019, I'm assuming I don't need to send any new contracts in?

Any other major pieces of advice at 19 years?
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10+ Year Member
Jan 9, 2006
  1. Attending Physician
I do know you can do TAPS online if you have a reason. For me, it was recent ankle surgery and not being able to drive. So if you walked into the TAPS office in a walking boot on your right foot saying your spouse works and can't drive you every day, you could do the whole thing online in one day and have the rest of the time off to nurse that ankle.
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7+ Year Member
May 10, 2013
Pensacola FL
  1. Non-Student
Taps was pretty boring and I really didn't learn anything. Do get a VA review of your medical record. They come on base every month to fill out the paperwork. After 20 years, you have some defects which are rate-able. I did. I put in my retirement letter one year prior. I got terminal leave and job/house hunting leave. It was quite a relief to retire, but you feel weird for the first few month without the Sword of Damocles hanging over your head.
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