Is a retirement a discharge?

I have searched for this topic and to my surprise not found anything about it. Perhaps I am overthinking.

In section 15 of SF86, if you are retired, does that mean (for SF86 purposes) that you have been discharged?

I know the technical answer from an Air Force point of view is that retirement is different from discharge, and discharge is an enlisted term anyway that doesn’t technically apply to officers (who instead resign, or retire, or in adverse cases may be dismissed), but I am not sure the clearance community looks at it that way.

As a retired officer, I’m inclined to mark that I have not been discharged. Is that correct?



for the SF 86 purposes, retirement is a discharge.

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