Army regulation 635-200 (AR 635-200) is a change in the administrative separations policy for active duty enlisted personnel. This new regulation removes references to the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. This change will make it easier for Army members who want to separate from the Army to find work that suits them.
AR 635-200 covers a number of administrative processes for separating enlisted members from the Army. Separation processes can be either command-driven or soldier-driven. It is a great resource for anyone preparing for or implementing a separation. This regulation is also an important guide for company commanders and S1 Personnel.
The regulations also implement the laws that govern a Soldier’s length of service and his eligibility for voluntary retirement. In addition, they set out criteria for honorable, general, and uncharacterized discharges. These rules are necessary to ensure that the U.S. Army remains ready for the challenges that arise in the future.
In addition to administrative policies, Army personnel have certain rights when facing an investigation by the board of officers. While not all regulations provide the same protections, they should be aware of their rights. They will receive a notice about the scope of the investigation, be allowed to present evidence to the board, and have the right to attend the hearing. Moreover, they will not have to testify about self-incriminating matters. Furthermore, they will have access to military counsel who will help them present their case and question any witnesses.
Army Regulations 600-200 and 635-200 address separations for other reasons than weight. For example, the Army Regulations 635-200 state that soldiers who are discharged “on health grounds” should be given an opportunity to seek re-enlistment. However, this does not apply to veterans who have lost weight while in service.
The Army is also able to impose a separation without a court-martial. These can be voluntary or involuntary. The Army is allowed to decide if they should issue a general or honorable discharge. However, if the separation is made due to a criminal conviction, the soldier will receive a general discharge certificate.