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AFI 36-3209 (2 April 2010) SEPARATION AND RETIREMENT PROCEDURES FOR AIR NATIONAL GUARD AND AIR FORCE RESERVE MEMBERS

Comments: To view or download the complete regulation, click on the the link to it in the box above these comments.  "ANG" is Air National Guard; "USAFR" is U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Chapter 3--ADMINISTRATIVE DISCHARGE OF ARN AND USAFR ENLISTED MEMBERS

Section 3D - Involuntary Separations

3.13. Reasons for Separation. A member may be separated for convenience of the government for the following reasons. ...

3.13.2. Unsatisfactory Participation.

Comments: Before IADT, a member will not be charged with Unsatisfactory Participation for not attending drills (see definition of Entry Level Status, below).

3.13.2.1. Do not use these reasons if a member is in entry level status. Members of the selected Reserve who have not fulfilled their statutory military service obligation under Title 10 U.S.C., Section 651, and whose participation has not been satisfactory may be:

3.13.2.1.1. Discharged for unsatisfactory participation when the commander concerned has determined that the individual has no potential for useful service under conditions of full mobilization. Member may be discharged when the member has accumulated nine or more unexcused absences from UTA within a 12-month period. Service characterization will be determined by using the criteria in attachment two. NOTE: Members may be discharged if they fail to report to the ANG unit of assignment within 90 days after the date of release from active Federal service. ...

Comments: "UTA" is Unit Training Assembly (drill).

3.16. Entry Level Performance and Conduct. Separate a member while in entry level status ... when it is determined that the member is unqualified for further military service by reason of unsatisfactory performance or conduct (or both) ... Unsatisfactory entry level performance or conduct may be shown in a number of ways including, but not limited to:

3.16.3. Failure to report for scheduled IADT within 365 days of enlistment.

Entry-Level Status- The first 180 days of continuous active military service. For members of a Reserve component who have not completed 180 days of continuous active military service and who are not on active duty, entry-level status begins upon enlistment in a Reserve component (including a period of assignment to a delayed entry program). Entry-level status ends 180 days after beginning an initial period of entry-level active duty training. Thus a member may be in entry-level status for more than 180 days after enlistment. For purposes of characterization of service or description of separation, the member's status is determined by the date of notification as to the initiation of separation proceedings.

Attachment 2

GUIDELINES FOR SEPARATION AND SERVICE CHARACTERIZATION

A2.2. Types of Service Characterization:

A2.2.3. UOTHC. A member's service may be characterized as UOTHC only if the member is given an opportunity for a hearing by an administrative discharge board or requests discharge in lieu of trial by court martial. However, conduct in the civilian community of a member not on active duty or ADT may be used to characterize service as UOTHC only if the conduct directly affects the performance of military duties. Examples of conduct that directly affects the performance of military duties include but, are not limited to the following:

A2.2.3.1. Missing muster or screening;

A2.2.3.2. Missing a UTA, IADT, OR ADT;