This is the story of my life so far: 68 years and counting.
Prequel: A Brief History of my Family in France
When I arrived at the CAD in 1986, I knew my reputation as a technical Navy officer, and I knew that if I was staying in the Navy, I would not have many postings that would be interesting o me.
So, in 1987, I decided that I would leave active duty in September 1988, exactly 20 years after arriving at the École Navale.
In the French armed forces, as in many other countries, there cannot be as many generals or admirals as there are lieutenants. The statute of the French Navy officers guarantees that they can stay in active duty for at least 25 years. To encourage some of them to leave before these 25 years, there is a situation called "disponibilité" (availability), that may start after 15 years of active duty.
When an officer is in the "disponibilité" situation, he will receive one third of the pay he would have if he was in active duty, but he is also allowed to take a civilian job. The officer is still "available" in the sense that he may be recalled to active duty, but this has not happened for many years, as France has not be involved in any major conflict.
When an officer in disponibilité reaches 25 years of service, he is automatically retired and starts to receive a military pension.
In the Spring of 1988, a retired Navy officer who was working in sales for a software house, CR2A, was visiting the CAD and we talked for a while. I told him that my goal was to go into disponibilité in September and that I was looking for a job in software. He asked me for my CV and indicated that his company was in need of a Navy officer for a new contract that was indirectly for the Navy.
I had two interviews at CR2A and was hired. And I started to work there on September 1st 1988.
As I indicated above, five years later, in September 1993, at the age of 44, I became automatically retired and started to receive a pension, that was more than the one third pay that I had received during the five years.
So, as you can see, as of today, I have been a retired Navy officer for almost 25 years.
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