What is Discharge by Purchase?


Discharge by purchase, colloquially called buying oneself out of service, is the obtaining of a military discharge by payment.


The purchase price is in effect a fine for leaving military service earlier than the date contracted for when enlisting. Pertains to voluntary enlistment; “exemption by purchase” is a similar privilege pertaining to conscription.

In the US military, discharge by purchase was introduced in 1890 for the Army, 1902 for the Marine Corps and 1906 for the Navy. It was abolished in 1953.

In the Irish Defence Forces, it is permitted under the Defence Act 1954. Discharge by purchase was typically suspended during wartime.

In the British Armed Forces, it was suspended in 1950 during the Korean War and reintroduced in 1953; accepting an application for such a discharge was at the discretion of the commanding officer.

This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article < https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discharge_by_purchase >; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA.


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.