Everyone signs a contract of sorts when joining the military, agreeing to serve for a few years (usually 4). The exact contract is different for enlisted/officers but either way it's an obligation.

The Colonial Navy and Marines are separate branches of service. Essentially, they are separate militaries. You enlist in either one or the other.


The military is not like a normal job where you can quit any time you want. You signed a contract, and you're obliged to serve it. Failure to do so can result in jail time.

* When an enlisted person's initial term of service is up, they may either resign or re-enlist for another term of service.
* When an officer's initial term of service is up, they may resign at any time.

HOWEVER, during wartime, the military can refuse all resignations and force someone to serve indefinitely. Also, they can recall someone who has previously resigned and force them to return to active duty.

If the military allows you to leave, or forces you to leave, you are "discharged" from the military. In BSG, all discharges must be approved by Regas, the senior military commander.


There are several types of discharges from the military.

* Honorable Discharge - You've kept your nose clean, done your duty, and return to civilian life with a gold star on your record.
* Dishonorable Discharge - You've been kicked out by a court-martial with a black mark on your record.
* Less-Than-Honorable Discharge - Somewhere inbetween the first two categories. This normally happens due to poor performance (e.g., failing out of boot camp or nugget training), bad conduct that's not quite bad enough to warrant a court martial (e.g., substance abuse or fraternization), or other situations where the military doesn't want you.

Medical discharges can occur if the person is no longer able to perform their duties due to a medical condition (physical or mental). This will normally result in a Honorable Discharge.

Branch Transfer

A transfer from one branch to another isn't as easy as transferring from one department to another (within the Navy), or from one platoon to another (within the Marines). It essentially requires quitting one branch and re-joining the other, which gets back to the first point about quitting during wartime. So inter-branch transfers are a mess, paperwork-wise, and require special approval from the soldier's CO, the receiving department's CO, and Regas.

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