10 U.S. Code § 635 - Retirement for years of service: regular brigadier generals and rear admirals (lower half)

Except as provided under section 637 (b) of this title, each officer of the Regular Army, Regular Air Force, or Regular Marine Corps who holds the regular grade of brigadier general, and each officer of the Regular Navy who holds the regular grade of rear admiral (lower half), who is not on a list of officers recommended for promotion to the regular grade of major general or rear admiral, respectively, shall, if not earlier retired, be retired on the first day of the first month beginning after the date of the fifth anniversary of his appointment to that grade or on the first day of the month after the month in which he completes 30 years of active commissioned service, whichever is later.


(Added Pub. L. 96–513, title I. § 105,Dec. 12, 1980, 94 Stat. 2863; amended Pub. L. 97–86, title IV, § 405(b)(1), (5)(A),Dec. 1, 1981, 95 Stat. 1105, 1106; Pub. L. 98–525, title XIV, § 1405(13),Oct. 19, 1984, 98 Stat. 2622; Pub. L. 99–145, title V, § 514(b)(1), (5)(A),Nov. 8, 1985, 99 Stat. 628.)

1985—Pub. L. 99–145substituted “rear admirals (lower half)” for “commodores” in section catchline and “rear admiral (lower half)” for “commodore” in text.
1984—Pub. L. 98–525substituted “30” for “thirty”.
1981—Pub. L. 97–86substituted “commodores” for “commodore admirals” in section catchline and “commodore” for “commodore admiral” in text.
Effective Date of 1981 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 97–86effective Sept. 15, 1981, see section 405(f) ofPub. L. 97–86, set out as a note under section 101 of this title.

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