A Soldier will be separated upon expiration of enlistment or fulfillment of service obligation.
Separation under this paragraph is the prerogative of the Secretary of
the Army. Secretarial plenary separation authority is exercised sparingly and seldom
delegated. Ordinarily, it is used when no other provision of this regulation applies,
and early separation is clearly in the best interest of the Army.
Surviving Sons or Daughters
Soldiers will be considered for involuntary separation when parental obligations interfere with fulfillment of military responsibilities.
Soldiers on active duty may be discharged or released (see para 6–10) because of genuine dependency or hardship.
a. Dependency. Dependency exists when death or disability of a member of a Soldier’s (or spouse’s) immediate family causes that member to rely upon the Soldier for principal care or support. (See para 6–5 for definition of Soldier’s “immediate family.”)
b. Hardship. Hardship exists when in circumstances not involving death or disability of a member of the Soldier’s (or spouse’s) immediate family, separation from the Service will materially affect the care or support of the family by alleviating undue and genuine hardship. (See para 6–5 for definition of Soldier’s “immediate family.”)...
This chapter provides the authority, criteria, and procedures for the separation of Soldiers because of minority, erroneous enlistment, re-enlistment or extension of enlistment, defective enlistment agreement, or fraudulent entry.
This chapter establishes policy and procedures and provides authority for voluntary separation of enlisted women because of pregnancy. This chapter applies to all Active Army enlisted women and ARNGUS and USAR enlisted women ordered to AD, except for ARNGUS and USAR Soldiers found to be pregnant upon entry on IADT, to whom paragraph 5–11 applies.
This chapter provides the authority and outlines the procedures for discharging Soldiers for alcohol or other drug abuse rehabilitation failure.
A Soldier who has committed an offense or offenses, the punishment for which under the UCMJ and the Manual for Courts-Martial includes a bad conduct or dishonorable discharge, may submit a request for discharge in lieu of trial by court-martial.
This chapter sets policy and provides guidance for the separation of Soldiers because of unsatisfactory performance and/or conduct while in entry-level status.
This chapter sets policies and procedures for voluntary retirement of Soldiers because of length of service and governs the retirement of Soldiers (Active Army, ARNGUS, and USAR) who are retiring in their enlisted status.
A Soldier may be separated per this chapter when it is determined that he/she is unqualified for further military service because of unsatisfactory performance.
This chapter establishes policy and prescribes procedures for separating personnel for misconduct because of minor disciplinary infractions, a pattern of misconduct, commission of a serious offense, conviction by civil authorities, desertion, and absence without leave.
Soldiers who fail to meet the body fat standards set forth in AR 600–9 are subject to involuntary separation per this chapter when such condition is the sole basis for separation.
NCOs whose performance, conduct, and/or potential for advancement do not meet Army standards, as determined by the approved recommendations of HQDA centralized selection boards responsible for QMP screening, will be denied continued service.
Ref. AR 635–200Top