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ar 601-280 army retention program

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Army Regulation 601\u2013280
Personnel Procurement



Department of the Army
Washington, DC
31 January 2006

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-
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-
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

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

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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