Entry Level Performance and Conduct Discharge (Entry Level Separation)
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DAFI 36-3211 Military Separations (26 JUNE 2022)
- DAFI 36-3211 Military Separations (26 JUNE 2022) (4.3 MB)
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Section 7-D---Entry Level Performance or Conduct
7.22. Eligibility and Criteria. Members in entry level status should be discharged when their unsatisfactory performance or conduct shows they are not qualified to be productive members of the Air Force.
7.22.1. A member may be discharged under this provision only if the discharge processing starts during the first 180 days of continuous active military service or the first 180 days of continuous active military service after a break of more than 92 days of active service. ARC only: For ARC members who have not completed 180 days of continuos active duty service and are not on active duty, entry level status begins upon enlistment in a reserve component unit (including a period of assignment to a delayed entry program). Entry level status ends 180 days after beginning initial active duty training. Thus, a member may be in entry level status more than 180 days after enlistment.
7.22.2 Unsatisfactory performance or conduct may be shown in a number of ways. They may include, but are not limited to:
- 184.108.40.206. Lack of aptitude for military service;
- 220.127.116.11. Failure to adapt to the military environment;
- 18.104.22.168. Failure to make satisfactory progress in a required training program;
- 22.214.171.124. Reluctance to make the effort necessary to meet Air Force standards of conduct and duty performance.
- 126.96.36.199. Lack of self discipline;
- 188.8.131.52. Minor disciplinary infractions;
- 184.108.40.206. Failure to meet fitness standards (paragraph 5.65.).
- 220.127.116.11. ARC Only. Failure to report for scheduled initial active duty training within 365 days of enlistment. Note: If the member fails to report for scheduled inactive duty training within 365 days of enlistment, due to no fault of their own, it is reflected as a voluntary separation and not involuntary. Factors due to no fault of the member include, but are not limited to, medical emergencies, deaths in the family, natural disasters, or other similar events.
7.22.3. Eligibility for discharge under this section does not preclude separation for another reason when the separation is authorized and warranted by the circumstances of the case. For example, if the member failed in drug abuse rehabilitation, action under Section 7F may be more appropriate.
7.24 Procedures, Type of Separation, and Approval Authority:
7.24.3. Discharge under this section will be described as an entry level separation.
7.24.4. The SPCMCA authority personally approves or disapproves discharge under this section unless an Airman who has made an unrestricted report of sexual assault requests review of the discharge (see paragraph 3.29). If the SPCMCA authority also exercises GCMCA authority, the vice commander may be designated, in writing, to act personally on these cases. If the SPCMCA authority is the initiating commander, the case must be referred to the GCMCA authority for final decision.
Comments: "SPCM" is Special Court-Martial; "GCM" is General Court-Martial.