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Q: I am on a multiyear retention bonus. If I fail to select twice, am I separated thereafter or at the end of my bonus ADSO

I’m a health professional in the Navy

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In the context of a multiyear retention bonus in the Navy, the specific terms of your agreement will primarily dictate the consequences of failing to select twice. Typically, these agreements outline the conditions under which you are expected to serve and the implications of not meeting those conditions.

If your agreement states that failing to select twice leads to separation, then that would likely be the course of action. However, if the agreement specifies that separation occurs at the end of the bonus Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO), then you would likely continue to serve until the end of that period.

It's important to carefully review the terms of your retention bonus agreement. These documents often contain detailed information about obligations, consequences of not meeting them, and procedures in various scenarios. If the language in the agreement is unclear or if you have specific concerns about your situation, it may be beneficial to seek legal advice.

Given the unique nature of military agreements and the specific regulations that govern them, consulting with a legal professional who has experience in military law can provide clarity and guidance tailored to your situation. This is especially relevant in the Navy, where regulations and policies can have nuances that are different from civilian employment law.

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