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My Soldier is an E 3 and has been in the Army just over a year. They got a DUI and it looks like they might get chaptered. What can be done to help them stay in the Army as they have significant potential?

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Regulations:  AR 600-85, AR 635-200


Tells us that a highly deserving Soldier can continue their service.  The chain of command can decide to do:

  1. Nothing – highly unlikely unless there are special circumstances
  2. Punish the Soldier under the procedures of an article 15.
  3. Separate the Soldier from service. 

The separation is at the commander’s discretion.  The commander can examine numerous factors in deciding if the Soldier should be separated.  AR 635-200 state a commander can consider:

(1) The seriousness of the events or conditions that form the basis for initiation of separation proceedings. Also consider the effect of the Soldier’s continued retention on military discipline, good order, and morale.

(2) The likelihood that the events or conditions that led to separation proceedings will continue or recur.

(3) The likelihood that the Soldier will be a disruptive or undesirable influence in present or future duty assignments.

(4) The Soldier’s ability to perform duties effectively now and in the future, including potential for advancement or leadership.

(5) The Soldier’s rehabilitative potential.

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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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