April 21st, 2007

[Gen] Dark flowers

Discharge and rank

I've tried researching this myself, but my Google-fu is failing me (or more likely, I just don't know the right terms to search).

1. Discharge: Let's say an officer (Sheppard) attended the Academy and AFIT and works in research design. What's the earliest point after the completion of his education at which he could leave the Air Force? How would that process work for someone who's working in a largely civilian capacity?

2. Rank: I'm working with about the same time frame as this poster and I'm wondering if a rank of first lieutenant would also be applicable for someone working in R&D.

Any help would be appreciated -- thanks!