Milper Message Number 15-397
ENLISTED INVOLUNTARY EARLY SEPARATION PROGRAM
...Issued: [09 Dec 15]...

1. THIS MESSAGE IS EFFECTIVE 9 DEC 15 AND WILL EXPIRE 7 DEC 16.

2. THIS MESSAGE PROVIDES EXECUTION GUIDANCE FOR THE INVOLUNTARY EARLY
SEPARATION OF REGULAR ARMY SOLDIERS IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES WHO ELECT
NOT TO REENLIST OR EXTEND:

A. SOLDIERS ASSIGNED TO DEPLOYING UNITS: IAW PARAGRAPH 3B OF REFERENCE D ABOVE,
SOLDIERS WHO WILL HAVE LESS THAN SIX MONTHS REMAINING IN SERVICE ON THEIR UNIT’S
LATEST ARRIVAL DATE (LAD) WILL NOT DEPLOY WITH THE UNIT (EXPIRATION TERM OF
SERVICE (ETS)

B. SOLDIERS ASSIGNED TO KOREA ROTATIONAL UNITS: IAW PARAGRAPH 3C OF REFERENCE
D ABOVE, SOLDIERS WITH AN ETS DATE BETWEEN LAD-180 AND LAD+179 WILL BE
INVOLUNTARILY SEPARATED FROM THE ARMY UP TO 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO THEIR
CONTRACTUAL ETS DATE, PROVIDED THE SOLDIER HAS AT LEAST 36 MONTHS, BUT NOT
MORE THAN 15 YEARS OF TOTAL SERVICE AT THE TIME OF SEPARATION FROM ACTIVE DUTY.

C. SOLDIERS ASSIGNED TO INACTIVATING UNITS: IAW PARAGRAPH 3D OF REFERENCE D
ABOVE, SOLDIERS WITH AN ETS DATE BETWEEN INACTIVATION AND INACTIVATION+365 WILL
BE INVOLUNTARILY SEPARATED FROM THE ARMY UP TO 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO THEIR
CONTRACTUAL ETS DATE, PROVIDED THE SOLDIER HAS AT LEAST 36 MONTHS, BUT NOT
MORE THAN 15 YEARS OF TOTAL SERVICE AT THE TIME OF SEPARATION FROM ACTIVE DUTY.


3. HRC IMPLEMENTATION POLICY AND PROCEDURES.

A. UNITS DEPLOYING IN SUPPORT OF A NAMED CONTINGENCY OPERATION:

(1) HRC WILL IDENTIFY APPLICABLE SOLDIERS IN DEPLOYING UNITS AND CHANGE THE
SOLDIER’S IMMEDIATE REENLISTMENT PROHIBITION REASON (IMREPR) CODE TO “11” WHEN
THE UNIT IDENTIFICATION CODE (UIC) IS SUBMITTED TO THE HRC G-3. THIS CODE IS NOT
INTENDED TO PROHIBIT REENLISTMENT OR EXTENSION. IT IS INTENDED TO IDENTIFY THOSE
SOLDIERS WHO HAVE AN IMPOSED SERVICE REMAINING REQUIREMENT (SRR) AS STATED
BELOW.

(2) SOLDIERS WITH IMREPR “11” WHO ELECT NOT TO REENLIST/EXTEND TO MEET THE SRR
FOR DEPLOYMENT WILL BE SUBJECT TO INVOLUNTARY EARLY SEPARATION. AFTER 45 DAYS
OF DESIGNATING SOLDIERS WITH IMREPR “11” IF THEY FAIL TO TAKE ACTION TO MEET THE
SRR, HRC WILL CHANGE THEIR IMREPR CODE TO “9T” (APPROVED EARLY SEPARATION) AND
ADJUST THEIR ETS DATE. THE ADJUSTED ETS DATE WILL BE AS CLOSE TO LAD-180 AS
POSSIBLE.

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Army Enlisted Involuntary Separation Program
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