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dodsan  
#1 Posted : Thursday, April 12, 2018 2:48:26 PM(UTC)
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Currently DoD overseas, and my organization is trying to get those who want to extend their tours to sign extension forms way ahead of time. Of course we sign, but how binding is this agreement? I ask because due to family issues, at the end of my current tour I may back off extending this time around and head back to CONUS. Would I be breaching a contract?

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#2 Posted : Thursday, April 12, 2018 4:10:23 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: dodsan Go to Quoted Post
Currently DoD overseas, and my organization is trying to get those who want to extend their tours to sign extension forms way ahead of time. Of course we sign, but how binding is this agreement? I ask because due to family issues, at the end of my current tour I may back off extending this time around and head back to CONUS. Would I be breaching a contract?

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If you have fulfilled your transportation agreement (original tour) and haven’t taken RAT leave, there is nothing your command can do to make you stay. They may insist on a curtailment request, but all you really need to do is request to exercise your return rights... or orders for another position.
The excuse of, "I read it on FederalSoup..." won't work. Please do your due diligence.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, April 12, 2018 5:18:38 PM(UTC)
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Yeah, that big "C" word is what I don't want on my records (curtailment). I'll meet my transportation agreement, just still 50/50 on returning back to CONUS or extending. At this point I don't have the family situation sorted out to know, but the overseas tour extension forms are going out about a few months too early.
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#4 Posted : Friday, April 13, 2018 4:11:51 AM(UTC)
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Having hired for overseas positions I can tell you it takes a looooooooooong time to fill a vacancy. We would ask about extensions 6 months out, and that wasn't far enough out to get a replacement on board before the employee left.

What "extension forms" did you sign? If it was just a letter of intent, it shouldn't be binding. If you have signed a new travel agreement and received a new overseas tour expiration date, then you would have to curtail. If you haven't signed the travel agreement, or it hasn't been processed yet, then you can get out of it.

Either way, I'm not sure a curtailment is as big a deal as you're thinking.
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#5 Posted : Friday, April 13, 2018 5:12:36 AM(UTC)
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It's the OTEX form, agreeing to extend and with it a new DEROS and being given a timeline for RAT. And I agree, it takes many months to fill a vacancy, so I can see the benefit for them to know which hiring actions to process asap.
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