From the day you sign off you have one year to serve. You say you're being messed around: its relatively simple as I understand it. You sign off, you're entitled to so many days resettlement (depending on time served?) and you're entitled to a proportion of your annual leave (depending on when in the leave year you happen to be leaving). Apart from that you're expected to be at work until your last day.
Early release is occasionally granted by MCM Div as a cost saving and manpower liability saving measure. It was done last year and I believe the year before. It is driven by MCM Div and not by an individuals wish to be "out early because they have a job to go to".
This should have been clearly laid out to you by your resettlement clerk. If you are having any dramas speak to your chain of command, though I suspect that if your case is literally "I want out early because I have a job to go to" you may be very disappointed.
I think you can apply for early release but you may have to forfeit your resettlement time. Also I think the CO may grant (or be able to apply for) early release if you have a confirmed job to go to which would not be held for you until your discharge date. See your resettlement clerk or ring the resettlement dept of the local AEC.
Start handing your kit in now. get your clearance certificate signed. Once it is full, put yourself on COs parade and get his sign off. You will probably find that no-one knows your actual release date. Once CO has shaken your mitt and said Well Done Sig Tw@t sorry you are leaving you are home and dry.
Suggest you wait a few weeks from your sign off date!
p.s. Legal disclaimer - Auld-Yin accepts no responsibility for any time spent in close arrest following this.
Right then..........time to get on me soap box.............early release was something introduced to get the manning figures massaged before 1st of Apr this year............the forces manning levels had to be cut before this date and one way of getting the levels down was to get rid of all the pers who had signed off early.............don't expect any more early release until Blair wants an even smaller army to do his "I want to be remembered in history" thing (which he will be doing, before the rest of the Labour party work out that he is now a Lame Duck PM!).
One thing that I do agree on......................You sign off..........It's 1 year before you're out..............YOU ARE STILL BEING PAID TO DO A FCUKING JOB!......SO GET ON WITH IT!
Oh........and by the way........if you are one of those who signs off to draw attention to themselves..........please go and ensure that the RQMS's ammo account is wrong by one round.