I'll try to make this question as short as possible. I commissioned as an Infantry Officer last August. In January 2014 (next month) I am suppose to be going to iBOLC to finish my initial officer training and return back to my Guard Unit. After a roller coaster year in between ROTC graduation and now, I have done a lot of thinking. I have been in a PL position already with my unit because BOLC was a year out at the time. I've served 4 years so far in the Guard starting at E-3, then cadet, and now O-1. Now my question is, can I resign my commission and return back to enlisted which would be E-3. I only had to do 2 years in ROTC but I didn't get a scholarship and only the stipend my senior year so $450/mo for 2 semesters. I would have 2 years left on my initial contract but I joined ROTC as an SMP cadet so I was paid as an E-5 for drill during ROTC too. The ultimate question is, can I go back to E-3 and be a grunt again or do I have to be miserable for the next 6 years of my life. I have nothing against Officers at all. It takes special people to do what they do but I enjoy being more in the fight and not doing OPORDs all the time. I have thought about this for a year now so I have fully made my mind up that in my life being enlisted would be a way better fit for me. I want a civilian career and with already seeing the officer PL side, I have realized most of those officers are AGR anyway so they use some of that time to plan for drill. That doesn't work with me trying to build a business as a PL at the same time. I would rather just be enlisted and finish my initial contract. Is this possible? If so, what would be my course of action, and what would be my penalties? Remember, No ROTC scholarship just 8 months of ROTC stipend and a little extra drill pay for being an SMP cadet drilling. Would I just go back to my initial unit or MOS? Would I have to do back pay? More time added to my initial contract? Which I am okay with. I just need to free up more time to actually live. Any direction or help would be greatly appreciated. This is very time sensitive because BOLC is next month and I have drill this weekend. Thanks in advance!
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