I got the shaft from my supply sgt when I ETS'd. He didn't like that I was getting out and going to the Air Guard. He refused to sign off on the gear that I was trying to turn in. I didn't mind too much keeping the gortex parka and sleep system as I have some use for them. Problem is that I've paid for $2000 worth of body armor and other stuff. When I went to sell the body armor on ebay there was a note about it being illegal to sell body armor. Does this apply to me or are they just trying to ward off people who are selling stollen stuff?
I am sure it is just an ebay thing. They won't allow certain things, police badges, some nazi items, etc. As long as you have the paperwork saying you paid for it, it's yours to do what you want with. You might try selling it at a gun show. You should be able to find a buyer that will pay top dollar.
It's an Ebay thing, only. However, you may have trouble taking your equipment with you, or endanger yourself with a CID investigation, if you cannot PROVE that the equipment is yours, personally. Purchase receipts, shipping documents, etc are needed. Declarations from witnesses who were there when the equipment arrived MAY be enough, if sighed under under penalty of perjury. JAG will give you the right forms and instructions on how to use them. Incidentally, I had a soldier who purchased redlined and used equipment from a dealer, and then tried turning that in instead of his issued gear (which was in "like new" condition). After court proceedings, he spent a year in confinement, reduced from E-6 to E-1, lost most of his pay for the entire period, and a Bad Conduct discharge. CID did not play. I recommend that you also have proof that the equipment you turn in, is the equipment you were issued..
Good luck in your civilian life. Are you certain you want to make a life-changing decision like that? Of course, I'm prejudiced, but you sound intelligent and thorough. I hate to see good people leave the military when there are benefits like large reenlistment bonuses, new schooling, choice of assignment, perhaps OCS, and the like (geez - I sound like I'm my own reenlistment NCO!). Sorry, it's a bad habit of mine.
As I said, good luck. At least check out AR and ANG when you get home, ok?
I have a similar issue. I have turned in all the gear I was ever issued but I have extra because one day in Camp Bucca, a few of us found a dumpster full of gear. Military and personal. Everyone grabbed suppliments, uniforms, and camelbacks. I grabbed medical supplies, a medical bag, and body armor. Now I would love to sell it but I have no proof of ownership. Oh, and Jasrbratton, great reply.