its good times.
not a funny story here. there was a guy in service who applied for the "once in a lifetime opportunity". this is where people can and have gotten out of their contact with the army when a "once in a lifetime opportunity" comes up. people were getting out to become managers of mcdonalds, and all kinds of other stupid stuff.
so my NCOIC applies for the "once in a lifetime opportunity" to go secret service. he had his report date on file, and the department of the army denied it, because it was a lateral shift - a government job to a government job. the ironic thing here, is if you miss your report date for SS you are barred from re-applying for the position.