Don't get me wrong - if Han and Leia do get married, I don't think he will up and leave them in the middle of mopping up the remnants of the Empire. I think he would stick around long enough to ensure that the new government is firmly established. But after that? Yeah, I don't exactly see him sitting around behind a desk and pushing papers. I see him as a guy that always needs to be doing something. That's why I thought it would fit his character to resign his commission and return to tinkering with ships and piloting - the things he loves most - through establishing his own shipping company. You misunderstood. No one is suggesting that he revert back to his former way of living. In fact, I'm in agreement with you in that I think it would be unrealistic for that to happen. Establishing a shipping company does not automatically mean he will become a pirate or be doing things illegally. He would be operating a legitimate business, one that will be benefiting the people of the new government. And if a new threat rears its ugly head in the film (that's pretty much a given), I can easily see him helping out the military and performing certain tasks for them. It would be an interesting 'jumping-off' point to get him into the plot. He would still be serving the new government in some capacity, just not as an officer of the military.