Currently there is no tenure in the Uniformed Service Retirement System. A ten year tenure would encourage members of the Uniformed Services to re-enlist or stay in at least until 10 years and would improve retention saving the Government the cost of continually recruiting and processing new recruits. A ten year tenure would also allow a Uniformed Service member to leave beyond ten years and take the option of the years in service as a pension that would not be paid out until a retirement age, (60-62 yrs). This could also save the federal government money by allowing a Uniformed Service member options to leave beyond 10 years and not just "Riding it out until 20 years", in a less productive role of waiting for the only retirement option of 20 years. Additional savings would be the Government does not pay the individual a full salary for multiple of years of unproductive service and will reduce the overall retirement payout.
A 15 year retirement would also offer the same cost saving benefits for the Federal Government. Allowing Uniformed Service members to retire at 15 years with a reduced retirement would save the government 5 years of full salary costs and reduce the overall retirement payout to that Uniformed Service member. It could also be used as a Federal Government labor reduction tool, allowing individuals to retire early, reducing the Government payroll and providing the option of a job reduction/removal if the decision is made not to re-hire for the position.