Army Regulation 614-200 Overview

Army Regulation 614-200 applies to six actions that can be taken with respect to enlisted soldiers, namely training, detail, transfer, assignment, reclassification, and utilization. The full text of 614-200 runs almost 130 pages in length and contains seven major sections in addition to its introductory components.

The most important part of the regulation entitled “Enlisted Assignment System,” deals with the management of assignments for all enlisted personnel, the selection criteria for such assignments, and the specific sub-divisions within each category. This is actually the core of the regulation, as it spells out all personnel classification and reclassification parameters, as well as special duty assignment pay, and personnel utilization objectives.

A separate chapter within 614-200 delineates the entire array of guidelines pertaining to attendance at service schools, including administrative rules, application submission methods, and waivers. A smaller, subsequent chapter deals with soldier-initiated and other optional assignments. This is the section of the regulation that spells out criteria for the Special Forces, parachute team, marksmanship unit, plus civil affairs assignment criteria and application procedures. In addition, this section discusses compassionate actions and how they are handled, along with the Married Army Couples Program.

The career development chapter of the regulation specifies the various instructor positions and how those assignments are made. Under this heading are included career paths in the Army Band, the explosives units, and intelligence sections. As in other parts of AR 614-200, the document goes into detail about all selection criteria for each duty category.

An entire, and lengthy, part of the regulation deals specifically with the Sergeants Major program as well as the Army Reserve Sergeants Major programs, the detailed selection processes involved, tour lengths, personnel screening, and similar functions.

In addition to a section of the document which treats miscellaneous assignments, the final portion of the regulation acts as a sort of catchall, spelling out the numerous specific assignments to a wide range of organizations and duty positions. This category includes selection criteria for Presidential Support Activities, the Drill Sergeant program, enlisted aides for general officers, positions with the inspector general, combat training duties, and platoon sergeant placement criteria.

Army Regulation 614-200 pertains to all active Army enlisted soldiers as well as U.S. Army Reserve, and Army National Guard members, and contains detailed guidance when it comes to choosing enlisted soldiers for any area of duty. This summary does not cover every aspect of the document. For specific components of the regulation, see the full text of Army Regulation 614-200.

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Author Larry Bell is a professional writer, comedian, and automotive enthusiast whose work can be seen at and many other online publications. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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2 thoughts on “Army Regulation 614-200 Overview”

  1. Nice post, Larry. I like the “layman’s” version of AR 614-200. I think as leader’s it is especially important to know every single AR, etc. but to be able to memorize every little detail is just far fetched (unless you have a photographic memory). However, a macroscopic understanding of the regulations and standards is very important. At least you will know where to reference for each particular action/situation you are faced with. Again, nicely put!

    1. Justin,

      I agree that leaders should know where to reference certain rules and regulations. Thanks to the almighty “Google” that’s pretty easy to do. There are literally thousands of different manuals, circulars and regulations out there. It would be close to impossible to memorize them. Whenever I face an issue, I do a quick “Google” search and find the pertinent regulation. This saves me lots of time. That being said, I believe it’s also a wise idea to read the regulations from time to time, especially the ones that apply to your job. Thanks for the comment.


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