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Do flags under AR 600-8-2 block Soldiers from taking a Training Holiday?

Can a Soldier who is flagged be allowed to work on Training Holidays? Is this considered a favorable action that can be withdrawn with the initiation of the Flag?

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Here is our take on the situation.

IAW AR 600-8-2, paragraph 3-1, a flag prohibits the following:

  • Appointment, reappointment, reenlistment or extension
  • Reasignment (some exceptions apply)
  • Appearance before a semi-centralized promotion board
  • Promotions in grade, lateral appointments, and frocking
  • Recommendations for, and receipt of, individual awards and decorations. (Exceptions per AR 600-8-22)
  • Attendance at military schools. (Exceptions with approval of DCS, G-3/5/7)
  • Unqualified resignation, retirement or discharge.
  • Advance or excess leave (exception to policy may be granted by commanders IAW AR 600-8-10)
  • Payment of enlistment bonus or selective reenlistment bonus.
  • Assumption of command.

Training holidays have nothing to do with a flag.  Training holidays are not a favorable personnel action.

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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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