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ar 601-280 army retention program

ar 601-280 army retention program

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Army Regulation 601\u2013280
Personnel Procurement

Army
Retention
Program

Headquarters

Department of the Army
Washington, DC
31 January 2006

UNCLASSIFIED
SUMMARY of CHANGE
AR 601\u2013280
Army Retention Program
This rapid action revision, dated 23 January 2006--
o Changes the retention control point for staff sergeant from 20 years to 22
years of active service (table 3-1).
o Changes the retention control point for staff sergeant (P) and sergeant first
class from 22 years to 24 years of active service (table 3-1).
o Changes the maximum time a soldier may be discharged for immediate

reenlistment from 12 to 24 months from expiration term of service and requires that a soldier be counseled that he or she may cash in no more than 60 days accrued leave for his or her entire military career (paras 3-6a and b).

o Removes the requirement for Active Army enlisted soldiers to become U.S.
citizens to continue serving past 8 years of active service (para 3-8b).
o Removes the extension policy for alien Active Army soldiers in excess of 8

years of Federal Military Service (rescinds para 4-9k).
This revision, dated 31 March 1999--
o Enhances the role of the CSM in support of the retention program (para 2-1).
o Changes the Retention Control Points (RCP) for SPC, SGT and MSG (Table 3-1,

chap 3).
o Promotion/reenlistment eligibility for soldiers with AWOL, courts-martial
disqualification\u2019s clarified (para 3-9b).
o Updated to include former officers reentering RA under AR 601-210 (para 3-
12).
o Incorporates the indefinite reenlistment provisions (para 3-16).

o RA soldiers in the rank of SSG-SGM who have at least 10 or more years active federal service on the date of discharge will be required to reenlist for an unspecified period of time.

o Extends the reenlistment window from 8 to 12 months (para 4-1e).
o Extensions of retirement approved soldiers no longer require DA Form 1695
(the retirement order will serve as the extension document)(para 4-9b).
o Extension provisions included for alien soldiers nearing 8 years AFS who are
pending INS processing (para 4-9).
o Changes to advise counselors where to send cases involving SRB error (para 5-
2a).
o BEAR program entry provisions changed from 12 months to 15 months to
accomodate the 12 month reenlistment window change (para 6-5i).
o Changed to adopt the same HIV policies for ARNG, USAR as RA physical standards
currently in effect (para 7-4a(6)).

o Changes to require ARNG oath of enlistment to be administered at the gaining unit. Associated forms (DD Form 4 and DA Form 7249) procedures revised to accommodate this change (para 7-9).

o Reserve Component missioning and accession credit procedures explained (para
7-11).

o An approved local bar to reenlistment will take precedence over the QMP. If the bar is removed, the soldier will be processed under QMP as prescribed in AR 635-200 (para 8-3i).

o Eliminates bar to reenlistment procedures for soldiers on indefinite status
(para 8-5d(2)).
o Removes Qualitative Management Program (QMP) from AR 601-280 (chap 10).
o Revised Chapter 10 outlines the role of Career Counselors in support of
separation counseling.
o Revises DA Forms 1315, 1695, 4591-R, 4991-R, 5691-R and 7249-R.
o Criteria for immediate relief and reclassification of Career Counselors,
added subparagraph n (app B).
o Broadens counseling roles of commanders and career counselors (app C).
o Updates listing of addresses and Points of Contact for State agencies (app F).
o Establishes policies for the Army Retention program during deployment (app
H).

o Added appendix to advise commanders of appropriate facilities for retention activities and responsibility for publicity item procurement and utilization (app J).

o Glossary definition of "indefinite" and "unspecified" pertaining to
reenlistment terms inserted.
o Numerous corrections of typographical and punctuation errors throughout.
o Changes of office symbols for correction of erroneous entries on reenlistment
contracts as needed.

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