ready4retirement wrote: believe one needs to know "when to say when", and when to leave the service with grace and class. Staying on active duty for the sole purpose of realizing a larger pension is problematic. I believe, taking into account the unique nature of our business, that there has to be other compelling reasons to stay in the service besides a larger pension.I agree completely. I remember when I was much junior and serving in a unit which had a lot of passed-over Lt Cols. I had very little respect for them because they'd lost their passion for service. I don't want to do the same thing. The other criteria I apply here are 1) am I still having fun and 2) are there any jobs I really want at that next higher pay grade. If the answer to either of these is no, then I think it's time to move on.BTW -- good answer on the car thing. I usually don't get questions or "zings" on why I drive a cheap car. There is just this sense that since I don't "buy in" fully to the whole service/pilot thing, there is some question on their part of what I'm really all about. And since I'm still looking forward to one more promotion, I'm reluctant to share our plans. It's amazing the responses you can get from telling your peers about wanting to live in the mountains of Arkansas by a National Forest and spending your days playing on the lake :-).stuart
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