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Change to Retention Control Points (RCP) for Enlisted Soldiers Serving in the Regular Army
(RA) and the Title 10 Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Program (Issued 29SEP16)

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1. This MILPER message supersedes reference I and will expire one year from issue date.

2. The Army established new policies pertaining to Retention Control Points (RCP) in reference A
above for Soldiers serving in the Regular Army (RA) and U.S. Army Reserves (USAR)/Army National
Guard (ARNG) Soldiers serving under the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Program in a Title 10 status.

3. Soldiers may perform service on active duty (provided they are not barred from continued service
or otherwise separated) up to the following RCP as shown in the table below or age 60, whichever
occurs first. First Sergeant (1SG)/Master Sergeant (MSG) is the only rank that has a different RCP
for promotable Soldiers, which applies to RA and USAR only. Retention Control Points effective 1
October 2016:
1. Active service is defined as service on active duty.

2. SGM/CSM serving in nominative positions where organizations are commanded by general
officers, Sergeants Major that serve as the principle staff SGM at the HQDA level may also be
considered nominative, and certain other SGM position considered as nominative at the
discretion of the Sergeant Major of the Army are authorized to serve beyond 30 years total
active service while serving in these positions. In these cases, the SGM/CSM Expiration of
Term of Service (ETS)/RCP will be established by HQDA as their projected change of
responsibility date (PCORD) plus three months. SGM/CSM must submit their retirement 8-12
months from the established ETS date. Those who fail to submit retirement before PCORD
will be reclassified in Special Reporting Code (SRC) 09U (see note 3).

3. The RCP for Soldiers classified in SRC 09U is 9 months from the effective date of

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