Army Enlisted Involuntary Early Separation Program

Wednesday June 6, 2012

What is it?

Congress recently amended legislation that expands the Army's authority to separate Regular Army Enlisted Soldiers prior to their contractual Expiration Term of Service (ETS), from three months to one year. With this expanded authority, the Army can address unit readiness by stabilizing enlisted Soldiers in deploying units at least six months prior to deployment.

The current and expanded program apply to Soldiers with more than three years of active service but less than six years total service, assigned to deploying units who are scheduled to ETS within six months of Latest Arrival Date (LAD), have elected not to reenlist or extend, and therefore have insufficient time remaining before ETS to deploy with their units.

The Army will not move immediately to a one year early separation. Instead the Army will phase implementation, based on the deploying unit's LAD.

What has the Army done?

The Army has incorporated measures to ensure Soldiers, who elect not to reenlist or extend, complete all transition requirements prior to separation, including taking advantage of the Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) and other transition programs. The Army will afford Soldiers as much time as possible, but no less than 90 days to focus on transition activities to ensure Soldiers and their families are prepared for the transition from active service. Additionally, commanders may retain a Soldier for compassionate reasons if involuntary separation will cause unnecessary hardship for the Soldier and his or her family.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

As the economic and operational environment evolve, the Army continues to review policies and procedures that strike the best balance between the quality of life for Soldiers and their families and fielding combat ready forces.

Why is this important to the Army?

The expanded Enlisted Involuntary Early Separation Program provides commanders a tool to increase readiness in their deploying formations, stabilize units up to six months prior to deployment and focus resources on deployment preparations.

The goal of the program is to identify personnel shortfalls earlier, allow for timely replacements, enhance readiness and foster team cohesion.

The early separation of Soldiers, who have elected not to reenlist or extend, allows them the opportunity to transition earlier for post secondary education or employment opportunities.


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Related article: Changes coming for the Armys Regular Army Enlisted Involuntary Early Separation Program

Documents: (CAC log in required for accessing ALARACTs):
ALARACT 142/2012, DAPE-MPE, 24 May 12, Subject: Enlisted Involuntary Early Separation Program
ALARACT 141/2012, DAPE-MPE, 24 May 12, Subject: Deployment Extension Incentive Pay (DEIP)
Deployment Extension Incentive Pay (DEIP) PDF







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