Request early separation to further my education IAW paragraph 5-16, AR 635-200. My current Expiration Term of Service (ETS) date is 20200305. Request early separation effective 20191227. The Southeast Lineman Training Center Spring class starts 20200106. I am pursuing a Lineworker Trade.
JUSTIFICATION: In order to obtain a degree in this field I must begin the semester this spring because classes are only offered during selected times of year, spring and fall. If I am unable to start the semester, I will have to wait an additional year to effectively transition from military to civilian life. This will cause personal hardship upon me. I have attached a statement from my academic advisor and the director of admissions. Both have allowed an exception for me to register for classes up to the day before it begins. I have the GI Bill and am able to pay tuition and fees.
I am not mission essential to my assigned organization.
1. Initial Contract
2. UMUC Director, Admin Letter