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10 U.S. Code § 9318 - Thirty years or more: regular commissioned officers

A regular commissioned officer of the Air Force or the Space Force who has at least 30 years of service computed under section 9326 of this title may be retired upon his request, in the discretion of the President.

(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 550, § 8918; renumbered § 9318 and amended Pub. L. 115–232, div. A, title VIII, §§ 806(b)(13), 809(a), Aug. 13, 2018, 132 Stat. 1833, 1840; Pub. L. 116–283, div. A, title IX, § 923(c)(16), Jan. 1, 2021, 134 Stat. 3812.)

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 a regular component. The words “and placed on the retired list” are omitted as surplusage. The words “computed under section 8926 of this title” are inserted for clarity.

Editorial Notes
Prior Provisions

A prior section 9319 was renumbered section 9419 of this title.


2021—Pub. L. 116–283 inserted “or the Space Force” after “Air Force”.

2018—Pub. L. 115–232 renumbered section 8918 of this title as this section and substituted “section 9326” for “section 8926”.

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 President under this section to approve request of a regular commissioned officer of Air Force to retire after at least 30 years of service delegated to Secretary of Defense to perform, without approval, ratification, or other action by President, and with authority for 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.