I've been popping in and out of this site for a few months now and never thought I'd make an account but decided to go share my timeline with other fellow marines who are roughing it through this same asinine process I am. Those just coming in, beware this is not a transparent process at all, as much as they told you IDES is. I have 7 1/2 years as an instructor and infantryman and have been able to get my bachelor's degree while in service so I can tell you I am ready, more than ready, to move on but this process is holding me back. But if the military needs you for duty or paperwork from you, be sure they will have it by close of business. I have literally had to do all the leg work myself because my PEBLO doesn't do the job the person is paid to do. From getting the narratives to letting my completed ready to be sent paperwork sit on the desk for a month, to contacting the VA, I have done everything to keep it moving. Once again beware if you are new to the process and hope to exit the service sometime in the next year.