In the German military language of the 18th to 20th centuries, farewell meant, as encyclopedias of the 19th and 20th centuries by Pierer , Brockhaus and Meyer , the honorable full discharge from service. The word also referred to the corresponding document. Before there were rules for doing so around the middle of the 19th century, the farewell could take place with or without a pension . Reasons were age, invalidity or a resignation request accepted by the employer . In contrast to dismissal or dismissal without parting , it was also dismissal with a simple farewell , that is, without a certificate, which existed until the military courts of honor were abolished in 1919.