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Separations and Chapters Provide Soldiers a Second Chance at Staying in the Army

Did you know that a chapter or separation action is not necessarily the end of the line for a Soldier’s military career? If you are surprised, don’t worry most people are unaware of the second chance AR 635-200 provides.  Heck, in one instance as a CSM I explained I wanted to put the chapter in suspension and the JAG told me we could not do that….so even the legal folks might need this information.

Bottom-line AR 635-200 paragraph 1-18 allows for a chapter or separation action to be put into suspension for up to 12 months.  This gives the Soldier the opportunity to prove to the chain of command they are worth saving and can perform to standard. Let’s take a look at the specifics of the regulation.

Extract of AR 635-200

1–18. Suspension of execution of approved separation

a. A highly deserving Soldier may be given a probation period to show successful rehabilitation before the Soldier’s enlistment or obligated service expires.

posted on 09/16/2017 under Articles
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Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training..

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