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10 U.S. Code § 7318 - Thirty years or more: regular commissioned officers

A regular commissioned officer of the Army who has at least 30 years of service computed under section 7326 of this title may be retired upon his request, in the discretion of the President.

(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 226, § 3918; renumbered § 7318 and amended Pub. L. 115–232, div. A, title VIII, §§ 808(b)(12), 809(a), Aug. 13, 2018, 132 Stat. 1838, 1840.)

Historical and Revision Notes

Revised section

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R.S. 1243; Dec. 16, 1930, ch. 14, § 1 (as applicable to R.S. 1243), 46 Stat. 1028.

The word “commissioned” is inserted, since the retirement of warrant officers for length of service is covered by section 1293 of this title. The word “regular” is inserted, since 10:943 is applicable historically only to officers of the Regular Army. The words “and placed on the retired list” are omitted as surplusage. The words “computed under section 3926 of this title” are inserted for clarity.

Editorial Notes
Prior Provisions

Prior sections 7318 and 7319 were renumbered sections 8688 and 8689 of this title, respectively.


2018—Pub. L. 115–232, § 809(a), substituted “section 7326” for “section 3926”.

Pub. L. 115–232, § 808(b)(12), renumbered section 3918 of this title as this section.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date of 2018 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 115–232 effective Feb. 1, 2019, with provision for the coordination of amendments and special rule for certain redesignations, see section 800 of Pub. L. 115–232, set out as a note preceding section 3001 of this title.

Executive Documents
Delegation of Functions

Functions of the President under this section to approve the request of a regular commissioned officer of the Army to retire after at least 30 years of service delegated to the Secretary of Defense to perform, without approval, ratification, or other action of the President, and with authority for the Secretary to redelegate, see Ex. Ord. No. 12396, §§ 1(f), 3, Dec. 9, 1982, 47 F.R. 55897, 55898, set out as a note under section 301 of Title 3, The President.