Its probably because its only classed as proper service after your 18th birthday, ie when they can get there monies worth out of you by deploying you somewhere to do the job the army have invested money in training you to do.
Stay in and 'enjoy' it. Save your wages, and who knows maybe even go on tour, and when you are able to sign off in a few years, then you will have a few quid behind you and probably a wiser head.
Well basiclly I joined the army in jan 2008 at the age of 16, now having done just over 3 years, nearly 2 since my 18th birthday, i have decided this job is just not for me. however i was under the impression that i could only sign off after doing 3 years from my 18th birthday until recently i heard that one of the lads i was in training with had signed off and was waiting to get out, he told me it was due to the contract changes at the time of us joining etc etc. So i went to check on JPA my reckonable service and it says i have done just shy of 2 years. so whats the deal? am i eligible to sign off????
You should have your 271W (copy of contract) tooked away from when you attested which would state that your earliest date you can leave is the day before your 22nd Birthday seeing you were under 18 at the time of enlistment.
Yes some people to squirm out of it and found not suitable for military service and get out before the initial contract has ended......things to think about first
Will you get a job
If you dont get a job are you eligable for job seekers...more than likely not as you left your employment
Is the grass greener on the other side
As many have put above why leave a well paid job during a recession