I started my Army career on 26 JAN 1994. It will end on 31 AUG 2021. I'm on terminal leave now and will finally have a chance to let the hair on my head and face grow out. Life is good! I'll be off the net for a while. We're moving back home soon.
Make sure you do all that's necessary before you get out to receive all the benefits you earned while in service. Go to the doc, take all the test, get the rating you deserve before you sign out. Have a plan for retirement from the service, it can be a shock after you're out. Best of luck to you, God bless!
Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
Congratulation! I found it funny how after 20 yrs. some proclaimed how "lucky" I was. (to which I would reply that if you serve 20 you too can be lucky) while others in the chain of command considered me a "quitter". Don't listen to them. Enjoy what you've earned for a change. Aside from the aforementioned advise I will say this, take time to mentally remove the "uniform" before starting the next chapter. Decompress as best you can. Civilians are, well, civilians. They don't respond well to "aggressive conversation". Oh, and start saving for the next tax season.