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Are there any negative repurcussions in being involuntarily separated for not having a valid family care plan?

Are there any negative repercussions to being involuntarily separated for a not being able to establish a Valid Family Care Plan? I was also told that because I am an NCO that my care plan would be looked at differently, can they do that? I was also told I have to appear before an administrative separation/reduction board and possibly lose rank and get less than an honorable discharge for not having a Family Care Plan.

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There are several questions in your request.  Let’s look at them as a separate question.

1. Concerning an involuntary separation:

A Chapter 5-8, Involuntary Separation Due to Parenthood is an involuntary chapter, that is initiated by the Command, not at the request of the Soldier.  The vast majority of Soldiers who are separated under this chapter are given an honorable discharge, unless they have some other negative counselings that would warrant a General Discharge.

 Extract of AR 635-200

Paragraph 5-1, AR 635-200 governs the characterization of service for this type of separation.  Para 5-1 states, “a. Unless the reason for separation requires a specific characterization, a Soldier being separated for the convenience of the Government will be awarded a character of service of honorable, under honorable conditions, or an uncharacterized description of service if in entry-level status.

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