In the military, discharge (除隊/jotai in Yamataigo) is term used for the process separating from the military and returning to civilian life. Members of the Star Army of Yamatai receive a discharge from when they are released from their obligation to serve in the military, which is typically when they have fully completed their term of enlistment or term of service. Discharges can also be given for failing to meet the military's standards, for medical reasons, or as punishment.
The Star Army of Yamatai has several types of discharges:
When a soldier goes through a major personal hardship event of a non-temporary nature, the Star Army may consider an early discharge from military service. If the hardship is expected to less than a year, the Star Army will consider a hardship assignment instead.
In order to qualify for a hardship discharge:
An honorable discharge is the best type of discharge.
To receive an honorable discharge, a soldier must:
Sometimes honorable discharges are also given to Star Army soldiers who are no longer able to serve due to medical reasons caused by their military service, such as combat injuries or PTSD.
Veterans with an honorable discharge are eligible for free transportation (on a space-available) basis aboard most Star Army starships as part of their benefits.
A general discharge is a basic administrative separation from the Star Army.
Possible reasons for a general discharge include:
In the Yamatai Star Empire, a general discharge is not really considered good or bad, but certainly does not carry the prestige of an honorable discharge.
A dishonorable discharge is the worst type of discharge. The Star Army gives someone a dishonorable discharge when they think that person is scum.
Reasons for a dishonorable discharge could be:
People who have been dishonorably discharged are barred from re-enlistment and most civilian employers in the Yamatai Star Empire generally will not hire them either.
Bad Conduct Discharges are given to people whose actions and conduct show that they're not able to maintain the standards of quality and professionalism that all members of the Star Army are expected to display. This is when the military kicks someone out for doing so something bad or stupid that it makes more sense to fire them than to continue employing them.