No it isn't. Six to eight years is a typical service requirement for an officer. Since Pete was Intel, they probably made him commit to eight since he was getting a TS Clearance. He served his minimum time and got out while probably doing most of his time as part of an IMA det. The Naval Officer Reserve program, especially for Intel, is extremely popular for folks who want military service on their resume for political office. It's pretty clear that is exactly what Pete did. His wiki page even makes his reason for joining sound political: Buttigieg was spurred to join the military after witnessing the disparities between communities that had large amounts of youth missing due to military service and those that had barely any serving. (Someone also needs to clean up Pete's wiki page as it says he was an armed driver for his commander. Officer are not supposed to be driving HMMVW's.) Gabbard was an enlisted solider, who went to OCS, and has deployed multiple times and continued to serve as part of an operational reserve unit. The Marine Corps calls it the SMCR. This is the one weekend a month, two weeks a year and to do that for over 12 years takes a lot of time and sacrifice. As an officer, it is a lot of time working for drill weekends that you don't get paid for. It's not a lot of fun and it takes a lot of commitment. The Marine Corps realize this and will ensure that anyone selected for an 0-5 or 0-6 level SMCR command has to have spent most of their time in the SMCR versus being in an IMA det. So yeah, I'm impressed that Gabbard has been willing to do that over 16+ years and commit to being a military professional more than I am someone who did just their initial commitment.