AR 635-200 covers Active Duty Enlisted Administrative Separations. In all, there are 12 chapters covering a wide variety of information about separating enlisted soldiers from the Army. In essence, this Army Regulation is the like the “Bible” of military separations. It covers just about every aspect of Enlisted Separations that you could possibly think of. It is a great resource for Company Commanders and S1 Personnel.
In the paragraphs below, I want to summarize what you will find in Army Regulation 635-200. Let’s get started.
Chapter 1: General Provisions
This chapter covers the authority, responsibility, flags, the process, how to cut orders, guidelines on separation, the separation authority, effective date of discharge, medical processing, the Mobilization Asset Transfer Program, bars to re-enlistment, separating soldiers in foreign countries and much more.
Chapter 2: Procedures for Separation
This chapter covers the procedures for separation, to include how to notify a soldier and how to conduct an administrative board.
Chapter 3: Character of Service
This covers the Character of Service and covers the different types of administrative separations to include a Bad Conduct Discharge, Dishonorable Discharge, etc.
Chapter 4: Separation for Expiration of Service Obligation
This covers the process of separating soldiers who finish their time, soldiers eligible for retirement and voluntary separations for people in INDEFINITE Status.
Chapter 5: Separation for the Convenience of the Government
This section is for soldiers with personality disorders, surviving sons and daughters, discharge of aliens, soldiers who did not meet certain medical requirements, concealment of arrest record and many other things.
Chapter 6: Separation Because of Dependency or Hardship
This section covers soldiers in special situations where they face a hardship by deploying or by staying on Active Duty. This might include caring for an elderly parent or taking care of a special needs child.
Chapter 7: Defective Enlistments, Re-Enlistments and Extensions
This chapter covers erroneous and fraudulent enlistments where either the recruiter or soldier lied/made a mistake to enter the Army.
Chapter 8: Separation of Enlisted Women – Pregnancy
This chapter covers all aspects of separating pregnant soldiers from the military.
Chapter 9: Alcohol or Drug Abuse Rehabilitation Failure
This chapter covers the process for separating soldiers who fail the drug and alcohol program.
Chapter 10: Discharge in Lieu of Trial by Court Martial
This chapter covers in the ins and outs of a soldier’s decision to be discharged from the military instead of facing a court martial.
Chapter 11: Entry Level Performance and Conduct
This chapter covers separation policies for soldiers in their Initial Entry Training. It provides the authority, basis for separation and more.
Chapter 12:Retirement for Length of Service
In most cases, Army Regulation 635-200 will be used by Administrative Personnel in the S1 Office. However, Small Unit Leaders, such as Company Commanders and First Sergeants should have “general knowledge” about how these procedures work. And they should also keep a copy of AR 635-200 in their leader’s library at all time.
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