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AR 635-200 Active Duty Enlisted Administrative Separations (28 Jun 2021)

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Chapter 11. Entry Level Performance and Conduct


11–2. Basis for separation
Separation of a Soldier in entry-level status may be warranted on the grounds of unsatisfactory performance and/or unsatisfactory conduct as evidenced by:

a. Inability.
b. Lack of reasonable effort.
c. Failure to adapt to the military environment.
d. Minor disciplinary infractions.


11–3. Separation policy

a. This policy applies to Soldiers who—

(1) Enlisted in the RA, ARNG, or USAR.

(2) Are in entry-level status, undergoing IET, and, before the date of the initiation of separation action, have completed no more than 180 days of creditable continuous active duty or IADT or no more than 90 days of Phase II under a split or alternate training option (see the glossary for precise definition of entry-level status).

(3) Have demonstrated that they are not qualified for retention. The following conditions are illustrations of conduct and/or performance that disqualify Soldiers for retention:
(a) Cannot or will not adapt socially or emotionally to military life.
(b) Cannot meet the minimum standards prescribed for successful completion of training because of lack of aptitude, ability, motivation, or self-discipline.
(c) Have demonstrated character and behavior characteristics not compatible with satisfactory continued service.

(4) Have failed to respond to counseling (recorded on DA Form 4856).

b. Enlisted women who become pregnant while still in entry-level status—
(1) Will be involuntarily separated under this chapter when the training activity commander with separation authority, in conjunction with the medical officer (obstetrician), determines that she cannot fully participate in the required training for the MOS concerned because of her physical condition.

(a) The training commander will furnish the training requirements to the obstetrician.

(b) Soldiers separated for pregnancy that occurred after entry on active duty or IADT are entitled to maternity care
in a military medical facility only per AR 40–3.

(2) Will be retained when she can fully participate unless she requests separation under chapter 8 of this regulation.


c. Nothing in this chapter precludes separation under another provision of this regulation when such separation is warranted. However, if separation of a Soldier in entry-level status is warranted by reason of unsatisfactory performance (see chap 13) or misconduct (minor disciplinary infractions (see para 14–12a)), separation processing will be accomplished under this chapter. As an exception, Soldiers with less than 181 days of continuous active service who
have completed IET, been awarded an MOS, and been assigned to a follow-on unit for duty will be processed for
discharge under the appropriate chapter (see chap 13 or 14 or another appropriate chapter).


11–4. Counseling and rehabilitation requirements
Counseling and rehabilitation requirements are essential when entry-level performance and conduct are the reason for separation. Military service is a calling different from any civilian occupation, and a Soldier should not be separated when this is the sole reason for separation unless efforts at rehabilitation have failed. Before initiating separation action, commanders will ensure that the Soldier receives adequate counseling and rehabilitation (see chap 1, section


Entry–level status

a. For RA Soldiers, entry-level status is the first 180 days of continuous active duty or the first 180 days of continuous active duty following a break of more than 92 days of active military service.

b. For ARNGUS and USAR Soldiers, entry-level status begins upon enlistment in the ARNG or USAR. For Soldiers ordered to IADT for one continuous period, entry-level status terminates 180 days after beginning training. For Soldiers ordered to IADT for the split or alternate training option, entry-level status terminates 90 days after beginning Phase II AIT. (Soldiers completing Phase I BT or basic combat training remain in entry-level status until 90 days after
beginning Phase II.)

c. Service that is not creditable per DoD 7000.14–R, Volume 7A, is excluded from the period of entry-level status