Ok so a buddy that worked in my section with me got out about a year before I did. I just got out about 2 months ago. Well....just recently, this guy got recalled back and was given 4 months to prepare, get his uniforms back up, fitness etc etc. Anyway this just got me thinking...I have the worst of luck sometimes and did my 4 years of active duty and got out as a Sgt. I'm now on my 4 years of inactive status....Lets say I got recalled a year from now ..would I be able to keep my E5? I would be pretty upset getting called back after having started school, but I would be even more pissed if they took a stripe away because I've been out for a year.