High Year Tenure

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High Year of Tenure (HYT) is a term used by the United States Armed Forces to describe the maximum number of years a member may serve before he must separate or retire.[1] HYT is applicable to enlisted of all five military branches of the United States.

Officers are not subject to HYT, but are instead limited to statutory service limits by pay grade.[2] See Defense Officer Personnel Management Act for officer information.

In the United States Army, soldiers will finish their enlistment contract if they exceed HYT unless they are reduced in rank.[3]

HYT dates[edit]

Personnel demoted to a lower grade are subject to the HYT date of the lower grade.[4][not in citation given] Extensions to the HYT date can be obtained for various reasons such as personal hardships or base closures.[4] HYT dates vary by rank/rate, as follows:

Ranks U.S. Army
[3]
U.S. Army
(promotable)[3]
U.S. Navy
(active)[5]
U.S. Navy
(reserves)[5]
U.S. Air Force
[6][not in citation given][4][not in citation given]
U.S. Marine Corps
(active)[7]
U.S. Marine Corps
(reserves)
U.S.
Coast Guard[8]
E-1 5 N/A 4 6 8 N/A N/A
E-2 5 N/A 4 6 8 N/A N/A
E-3 5 N/A 5 10 8 N/A 10
E-4 8 8 8 12 8 8 10
E-5 14 14 14 20 15 10 16
E-6 20 26 20 22 20 20 20
E-7 26 29 24 24 24 22 24
E-8 29 32 26 26 26 27 26
E-9 32 N/A 30 30 30 30 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Air Force Pamphlet 36-2241, Promotion Development Guide" (PDF). United States Air Force. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Understand High Year Tenure to Maximize Your Career, Story Number: NNS120326-07, 3/26/2012, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
  3. ^ a b c "Army Directive 2014-03, Retention Control Points" (PDF). United States Army. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Air Force Instruction 36-3203, Service Retirements" (PDF). United States Air Force. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 August 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "MILSPERSMAN 1160-120, High Year Tenure" (PDF). United States Navy. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Air Force Instruction 36-3208, Administrative Separation of Airmen" (PDF). United States Air Force. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "MCBUL 5314 Enlisted Career Force Controls (ECFC) Program". United States Marine Corps. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "USCG Enlisted High Year Tenure (HYT) FAQs" (PDF). United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 16 April 2013. [permanent dead link]