Army Myths: You get kicked out if you win the lotto

I’ve heard variations of this one forever. Another myth that people believe and defend with aggression and violence, despite not being able to point to a regulation, source, or even a single incident where it happened.

The myth goes, if a soldier comes into a windfall of money – lottery winnings are usually the culprit here – they will be separated from service.


The reason usually provided is “because they have so much money they won’t respect rank or authority anymore.”

I’ve also heard people refer to “change of lifestyle” separation.

As usual, there is nothing to back this up.

It is true that a person can request a voluntary discharge, but there is no mandatory separation requirement or “rule” that says a request for discharge must be approved.

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