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  • Date Eligible to Return from Overseas or Date of Estimated Return from Overseas


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  • I was the C-2 S-1 at the time, packing for my DEROS.

    Bane Ashley

  • If you had only a month till DEROS, you had a lot more in common with any random short-timer than with the FNG the army had just tossed into your platoon.


  • So every soldier went to Vietnam with a magic date, more important than any date could ever be for the rest of his life: DEROS, the Date Eligible to Return from OverSeas.


  • Whenever anyone was killed within a couple of months of DEROS, it added to the superstition that the closer you were to leaving, the more likely you were to be killed, which did wonders for morale.


  • The Hell Nazis, nicknamed “DEROS”3 by the unfortunate Richard Shaver, are a “technological” race only because they still use the advanced weaponry they developed in antiquity.

    The Book of the SubGenius

  • He was a young aggressive NCO, though he intended to leave the military on his DEROS.

    Schott, Richard S.

  • It was over, was all, back to the world, DEROS, all that good shit.

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set

  • And maybe that’s why he’d trained so hard to come back as a sniper and why he pushed himself so hard up in Indian country, and why he made war upon the enemy like few in the whole decade’s doomed venture; and maybe that explained the twenty years of drunken, bitter solitude that followed before the man reinvented himself and somehow, some way, found a path back into the world, DEROS at last.

    Dead Zero


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  • DEROS, Date Eligible for Return From Overseas

    December 28, 2009