While my resignation from active duty wasn't effective until September 15, 1990, I started burning up my accrued vacation time--"terminal leave", in Army parlance--when I signed out on August 1, 1990. What interesting timing, as the next day Iraq launched its surprise invasion of Kuwait.
That's how long I've been out of the Army. Imagine how jolting it was to receive the following email today:
USMA '87 60 day terminal leave retirees:
As your scribe / historian, I am responsible for keeping track of "history". Well, today is a historical day for the Class of 1987!
Today I think we ought to take a minute to recognize and thank those of you who have honorably served 20 years in whatever capacity and who are beginning your 60-days terminal leave (yes, May 27th is fast approaching). We've received several notes today about classmates that celebrated their retirement ceremonies and started "terminal leave" so I know you are out there. Congratulations and Good luck!
Odd, I don't feel old enough to be retiring. I guess that's a good thing, because I have 20 more years to go before I can retire!