Retired at 52, out 5 years now
I retired five years ago after 29 years in law enforcement. The retirement plan I'm under they stopped offering in 1978 when some fool accountant/actuary took a look at the numbers and fainted.
We have 100% COLAS! I don't think they "make those anymore".
Medical & prescription coverage for life for 30% of the premium (when working I paid 20%). That becomes secondary to Medicare at 65.
Zero debt, own the house, and a comfortable amount in savings/deferred compensation accounts. Not wealthy by a long shot but I'm pretty sure we'll never be eating Alpo.
First year was like being on vacation - moved to a less congested area, the panhandle of West Virginia. Then got bored, didn't want to commit to a job, helped a friend build an airplane. Started looking for a part-time job but nothing looked interesting - I am NOT working retail, did that in college and hated it. So I bought a boat and went fishing.