I'm seeking voluntary separation from the Army. Is the Army really accepting voluntary separation because of downsizing? Who can qualify for this separation? Where can I find the AR 638-200?
TIS: 4yrs, ETS: May 14, last PCS: Aug 11, MOS in/out: balance.
If I'm able to get out just for continuous education, will I qualify?
My second issue is child in EFMP, more complicated.
I don't know how possibly to get out, because I want to be with the child.
AR 638-200 is the regulation. But there is actually no basis for "I want out early". You can get a "hardship" discharge under Ch 6 if you have a hardship. But a hardship basis requires
(1) The hardship or dependency is not temporary;
(2) Conditions have arisen or have been aggravated to an excessive degree since entry in the Army, and the Soldier has made every reasonable effort to remedy the situation;
(3) The administrative separation will eliminate or materially alleviate the condition; and
(4) There are no other means of alleviation reasonably available.
If you meet that, you can apply through your S1 for a hardship discharge. Chapter 16 has a way to request a discharge "due to reduction in force, strength limitations, or budgetary constraints" But if you look at the language in 16-7 you see that you can only apply for this when HQDA opens up the process. Basically, the Army will tell the soldiers when this type of discharge is available. Finally, there is Ch 5. A "convenience of the government" discharge MAY work. While not voluntary, a "convenience of the government" discharge may also get you where you want to go. As the title says, its for the government's convenience, not yours but if you can convince the command to support you this is also a way out.
Thank you very much for the answer.
question 1) Ch 6, hardship: I heard that it is not easy to qualify a valid hardship. Nine out of ten got denied. Taking care of a family member who has a cancer, is it enough condition to request? If is, what might help to make an acceptance from the Army? Doctor's support letter? If denied, this hardship case, am I able to request other ways?
question 2) Ch 16, how can I find out the HQDA opens up this kind of process? Ever happened before? I heard that the Army may put out like this type of process maybe sometime end of this FY? And someone said, already a document that contained one year early release from the ETS is out, have you ever heard about that?
question 3) Ch 5, convince the command to support? Can you give me more detail about this?
I'm not a Medal of Honor recipient but I have no issue with the Army, my conduct and performance always top ten percent in the units that I have been through.
I want an Honorable discharge from the Army with a appropriate process.
Thank you for your time in advance.
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