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At my job, we have a minimum retirement age of 57. I will have nearly 40 years of government service in. I am starting to consider retirement now though. I turn 47 next month; but with my conditions it looks very appealing. I love the work I do, but the BS is getting very bad and there are days that the pain is so bad, it makes it difficult to want to get out of bed for a poor management staff. The only options I have is to suck it up and stick it out or hit my TSP, pay off my car and house, and then go on disability. I do not know how I would deal with that!

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Hang in there man. BS is why I retired early and things where tight for a while. I could not stand the crap any longer and the time in to retire. Now everything is paid off, my wife retired and we are doing okay. I did work part time for 8 years and it was off and on, more on. I did shift work 23 years, rotating weekly through most of it. There are times I would work a month straight with no time off, 12 hour shifts much of the time. I was in a lower management position and lazy upper management was pushing their job down on us. They had got in to upper management kissing peoples ass and expected me to do the same. I don't play that came. I got called into the office one day and was told what I would do and how I would do it. I told them will see about that. I hadn't had a day off in weeks and as soon as I got a day off. I went and put in for retirement, my wife and I had discussed it already. It got so bad there that I went to bed pissed off and got up pissed off. My last day there was a 11pm to 7am, My crew and I went to a café and bar after work and I had steak and eggs and washed it down with Jack Daniels. I have never regretted retiring from that place. A ton of bricks dropped of off my shoulders that morning. I got home parked my scooter in the front yard. Went in the house tore the foil paper of the bed room windows. I had the room blacked out to sleep in the day on night shift. Laid across the bed slept a few hours got up showered hopped on my scooter and went bar hopping. I was so relieved it was all behind me, I was happy again.
 

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My biggest worry just into retirement was money. Earning money is a habit, an addiction. I lived on savings for several months because I didn't do the paperwork with corporate ahead of time. All paperwork was snail mail and the forms were in the language of corporate legal/finance which was foreign to someone who speaks engineering, so mistakes and omissions were made. House was paid off years earlier and my only debt was my Raider payment. I paid that off several months after my last day. Money worries were totally unfounded.

What I didn't prepare for was the lack of purpose. That took some time and lots of long rides.

Another thing to plan for is taxes for the year you retire and the year you take social security.
 

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Cool as!....we could start a new religious cult?
Dunno MBX, breaking into the godbothering business is pretty hard, with a lot of existing competition. What I have been thinking of is putting some glamping tents and a spa in the old school horsepaddock, and run back to school weekends. Hire both an AC DC and a Divinyls covers bands for the entertainment, so the guests have both Angus Young and Chrissie Amphlett impersonators falling out of their school uniforms. I reckon people will pay to go to those.
 

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Hang in there man. BS is why I retired early and things where tight for a while. I could not stand the crap any longer and the time in to retire. Now everything is paid off, my wife retired and we are doing okay. I did work part time for 8 years and it was off and on, more on. I did shift work 23 years, rotating weekly through most of it. There are times I would work a month straight with no time off, 12 hour shifts much of the time. I was in a lower management position and lazy upper management was pushing their job down on us. They had got in to upper management kissing peoples ass and expected me to do the same. I don't play that came. I got called into the office one day and was told what I would do and how I would do it. I told them will see about that. I hadn't had a day off in weeks and as soon as I got a day off. I went and put in for retirement, my wife and I had discussed it already. It got so bad there that I went to bed pissed off and got up pissed off. My last day there was a 11pm to 7am, My crew and I went to a café and bar after work and I had steak and eggs and washed it down with Jack Daniels. I have never regretted retiring from that place. A ton of bricks dropped of off my shoulders that morning. I got home parked my scooter in the front yard. Went in the house tore the foil paper of the bed room windows. I had the room blacked out to sleep in the day on night shift. Laid across the bed slept a few hours got up showered hopped on my scooter and went bar hopping. I was so relieved it was all behind me, I was happy again.
I am trying. The BS seems to get worse daily!



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I am trying. The BS seems to get worse daily!



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I completely understand, it consumes your every thought. You have my prayers to deal with it.
 
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Thanks. I am just glad to be at work considering what I have been through!

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Thanks. I am just glad to be at work considering what I have been through!

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I remember many (long) periods of great dissatisfaction at work. Management, colleagues, the work itself. During these times I'd start looking for headhunters and job boards, looking for a new start. I eventually realized that no new job or environment would change the issues I was facing. Different company, SOS.

In hindsight, I'm glad I stuck it out. Endurance pays off in the long run.
 

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I don't have a choice. I nearly have 30 years in!

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Don’t take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
This is the one we put in at our local community hall at Obi Obi when we rebuilt the hall in 2013. So far it's swallowed about 15 tons of firewood. I have provided 3 tons of it, off my place, mostly from standing dead Ironbark, dead for about 5 to 10 years. Beautiful firewood, slowly burns completely down to a scattering of ash.
We're not using it at the moment though , the declared state of fire emergency was lifted late last week, but there is still a total fire ban locally.
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Hey NAB, I meant to suggest this a couple of months ago. Try making your own bread, and if you trust yourself not to overconsume, brewing your own beer. In both cases, it can become an involving interest, and you can produce a better product than is generally available for sale. With bread, don't buy a breadmaker, but go to hand mixing and kneading and baking in the oven on a flat tray rather than a bread tin. If you are a bit unsure to start with, buy a breadmaker intended prepack of flour and yeast to give you confidence. Aim for a good solid German multigrain style, cut the slices thick with an old fashioned bread knife and enjoy bread with some nutrition in it. I might post some pics tomorrow, after my latest loaf comes out of the oven.
 
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While I am not from AU, I will still offer you thanks for serving your fellow citizens.

To those in the USA who might know the answer - Do USA police have mandatory retirement ages? I am sure that this varies by jurisdiction but is it very common?

No but some departments/agencies do have a maximum age they will except for certain jobs.
I am 48 (in two weeks) and have been an LEO in Texas for 25 years, while I have enough service time to retire I plan to wait until I max out my pension in 2026 at 54 years old. We do not have a mandatory retirement age (although I do believe we should) we have one guy that just celebrated 50 years service and another that was hired 8 months before I was born.
We do not have have a maximum age to hire on, there has been a 50 year old go through the academy who was in phenomenal shape just out of the Marine Corps, he only stayed 5 years though. My academy class back in '94 we had a 38 year old who had just retired from the Air Force, and 40 year old who ironically was older than my mom.
 
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My list of things to get done keeps getting longer. I got pretty lazy over the holidays and need to get motivated. Some projects I'm buying materials a bit at a time. Do have a trip planed to go to The Inn of the Mountain Gods in March in New Mexico and gamble a few days. We take trips like this in the off season times and during the week. Everything is much cheaper and there is no brats running around. Plus it's nice to get out of the flatlands and into the mountains. There is a lot to do around where I live, but it's 300 miles away in any direction.
 

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Hey NAB, I meant to suggest this a couple of months ago. Try making your own bread, and if you trust yourself not to overconsume, brewing your own beer. In both cases, it can become an involving interest, and you can produce a better product than is generally available for sale. With bread, don't buy a breadmaker, but go to hand mixing and kneading and baking in the oven on a flat tray rather than a bread tin. If you are a bit unsure to start with, buy a breadmaker intended prepack of flour and yeast to give you confidence. Aim for a good solid German multigrain style, cut the slices thick with an old fashioned bread knife and enjoy bread with some nutrition in it. I might post some pics tomorrow, after my latest loaf comes out of the oven.
My wife use to make bread all the time years back. I loved coming home from work and smell bread in the oven. When it's done let it cool enough to cut and butter and eat it, soooooooooooo good. I've thought about making beer, I've drank some good home brew over the years and made some decent wine.
 

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I am 48 (in two weeks) and have been an LEO in Texas for 25 years, while I have enough service time to retire I plan to wait until I max out my pension in 2026 at 54 years old. We do not have a mandatory retirement age (although I do believe we should) we have one guy that just celebrated 50 years service and another that was hired 8 months before I was born.
We do not have have a maximum age to hire on, there has been a 50 year old go through the academy who was in phenomenal shape just out of the Marine Corps, he only stayed 5 years though. My academy class back in '94 we had a 38 year old who had just retired from the Air Force, and 40 year old who ironically was older than my mom.
Being in Law Enforcement is a young mans job if your on the street. If you can be a detective the fascial part would be easier. I worked with a guy that was a Cop for 38 years. Spent the greatest part of his time on homicide. He told me it took him a long time to be sociable again in the civilian world. That would be a tough job to do all those years.
 

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Being in Law Enforcement is a young mans job if your on the street. If you can be a detective the fascial part would be easier. I worked with a guy that was a Cop for 38 years. Spent the greatest part of his time on homicide. He told me it took him a long time to be sociable again in the civilian world. That would be a tough job to do all those years.
It can definitely be a young mans job and fortunately someone taught me many years ago it is easier to talk them into jail than fight them. Nonetheless the physical and mental wear and tear on the body can be devastating, I have countless scars above and below the surface. I think for some the job changes them into cynical, distrusting, introverts. I found many years ago that I could not survive life and especially marriage only having friends that I worked with. I have friends outside of work from Church, softball, hunting, fishing and motorcycling that have helped keep me grounded and (somewhat) humble. ?
 
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My wife use to make bread all the time years back. I loved coming home from work and smell bread in the oven. When it's done let it cool enough to cut and butter and eat it, soooooooooooo good. I've thought about making beer, I've drank some good home brew over the years and made some decent wine.
Thats whats just about to happen here. Bring on the butter!

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