POLICY CHANGES FOR SEPARATION OF ENLISTED SO

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SUBJ: ALARACT 036/2009 - POLICY CHANGES FOR SEPARATION OF ENLISTED SO
LDIERS DUE TO PERSONALITY DISORDER
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THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN SENT BY THE PENTAGON TELECOMMUNICATIONS CENTER
ON BEHALF OF DA WASHINGTON DC//DAPE-MPA//
SUBJECT: POLICY CHANGES FOR SEPARATION OF ENLISTED SOLDIERS DUE TO
PERSONALITY DISORDER (AR 635-200, PARAGRAPHS 5-13 AND 5-17)
1. REFERENCES:
A. AR 635-200 (ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTED ADMINISTRATIVE SEPARATIONS),
PARAGRAPHS 5-13 (SEPARATION BECAUSE OF PERSONALITY DISORDER) AND
5-17 (OTHER DESIGNATED PHYSICAL OR MENTAL CONDITIONS).
B. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSTRUCTION 1332.14 (ENLISTED ADMINISTRATIVE
SEPARATIONS)
C. ASA(M&RA) POLICY MEMORANDUM, SUBJECT: ENLISTED ADMINISTRATIVE


SEPARATIONS, 10 FEBRUARY 2009,
HTTP://WWW.ARMYG1.ARMY.MIL/HR/DOCS/EN
LISTED_SEPARATIONS_ON_THE_BASIS_OF_PERSONALITY_DISORDER_POLICY_MEMORA
NDUM.PDF
1. REFERENCE B REQUIRES THAT SEPARATIONS ON THE BASIS OF PERSONALITY
DISORDER FOR ENLISTED SOLDIERS WHO HAVE SERVED OR ARE CURRENTLY
SERVING IN IMMINENT DANGER PAY AREAS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING
REQUIREMENTS: A PSYCHIATRIST OR PHD-LEVEL PSYCHOLOGIST MUST DIAGNOSE
THE PERSONALITY DISORDER, THE DIAGNOSIS MUST BE CORROBORATED BY A
PEER OR HIGHER-LEVEL MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL AND ENDORSED BY THE
SURGEON GENERAL OF THE ARMY, AND SUCH DIAGNOSIS MUST ADDRESS
POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) OR OTHER MENTAL ILLNESS
CO-MORBIDITY, IF PRESENT.
2. IN ACCORDANCE WITH REFERENCE C, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:
A. ADMINISTRATIVE SEPARATION UNDER AR 635-200, PARAGRAPH 5-13, IS
LIMITED TO ENLISTED SOLDIERS WHO HAVE LESS THAN 24 MONTHS OF ACTIVE
DUTY SERVICE AS OF THE DATE SEPARATION PROCEEDINGS ARE INITIATED. AR
635-200, PARAGRAPH 5-17, MAY NOW BE USED TO SEPARATE ENLISTED
SOLDIERS BECAUSE OF PERSONALITY DISORDER WHEN THEY HAVE 24 MONTHS OR
MORE OF ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE.
B. IN THE CASE OF SOLDIERS WHO HAVE SERVED OR ARE CURRENTLY SERVING
IN AN IMMINENT DANGER PAY AREA AND ARE WITHIN THE FIRST 24 MONTHS OF
ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE, THE DIAGNOSIS OF PERSONALITY DISORDER FOR
SEPARATION UNDER AR 635-200, PARAGRAPH 5-13, MUST BE CORROBORATED BY
THE MEDICAL TREATMENT FACILITY (MTF) CHIEF OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (OR
AN EQUIVALENT OFFICIAL). THE CORROBORATED DIAGNOSIS WILL BE
FORWARDED FOR FINAL REVIEW AND CONFIRMATION BY THE DIRECTOR,
PROPONENCY OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, OFFICE OF THE SURGEON GENERAL
(DASG-HSZ). MEDICAL REVIEW OF THE PERSONALITY DISORDER DIAGNOSIS
WILL CONSIDER WHETHER PTSD, TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI), AND/OR
OTHER COMORBID MENTAL ILLNESS MAY BE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTING
FACTORS TO THE DIAGNOSIS. A SOLDIER WILL NOT BE PROCESSED FOR
ADMINISTRATIVE SEPARATION UNDER AR 635-200, PARAGRAPH 5-13, IF PTSD,
TBI, AND/OR OTHER COMORBID MENTAL ILLNESS ARE SIGNIFICANT FACTORS TO
A DIAGNOSIS OF PERSONALITY DISORDER, BUT WILL BE EVALUATED UNDER THE
PHYSICAL DISABILITY SYSTEM IN ACCORDANCE WITH AR 635-40.
C. IN THE CASE OF SOLDIERS WHO ARE CURRENTLY SERVING IN AN IMMINENT
DANGER PAY AREA OR HAVE SERVED IN AN IMMINENT DANGER PAY AREA, AND
WHO HAVE 24 MONTHS OR MORE OF ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE, THE DIAGNOSIS OF
PERSONALITY DISORDER FOR SEPARATION UNDER AR 635-200, PARAGRAPH
5-17, MUST BE CORROBORATED BY THE MTF CHIEF OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (OR
AN EQUIVALENT OFFICIAL). THE CORROBORATED DIAGNOSIS WILL BE
FORWARDED FOR FINAL REVIEW AND CONFIRMATION BY THE DIRECTOR,
PROPONENCY OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, OFFICE OF THE SURGEON GENERAL
(DASG-HSZ). MEDICAL REVIEW OF THE PERSONALITY DISORDER DIAGNOSIS
WILL CONSIDER WHETHER PTSD, TBI, AND/OR OTHER COMORBID MENTAL
ILLNESS MAY BE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO THE DIAGNOSIS. A
SOLDIER WILL NOT BE PROCESSED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SEPARATION UNDER AR
635-200, PARAGRAPH 5-17 IF PTSD TBI, AND/OR OTHER COMORBID MENTAL
ILLNESS ARE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO A DIAGNOSIS OF
PERSONALITY DISORDER, BUT WILL BE EVALUATED UNDER THE PHYSICAL
DISABILITY SYSTEM IN ACCORDANCE WITH AR 635-40.
D. THE SEPARATION AUTHORITY FOR SOLDIERS IDENTIFIED IN PARAGRAPHS 2B
AND 2C, ABOVE, IS THE GENERAL COURT-MARTIAL CONVENING AUTHORITY.
THIS AUTHORITY MAY NOT BE DELEGATED. IN ALL OTHER SEPARATIONS UNDER
AR 635-200, PARAGRAPHS 5-13 AND 5-17, THE SEPARATION AUTHORITY
REMAINS THE SPECIAL COURT-MARTIAL CONVENING AUTHORITY.
3. THE FOREGOING POLICY MODIFICATIONS WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO THE
NEXT REVISION OF AR 635-200.
4. SEPARATION ACTIONS UNDER EXISTING PROVISIONS OF AR 635-200,
PARAGRAPH 5-13 MAY CONTINUE IF THE SOLDIER HAS NOT SERVED IN AN
IMMINENT DANGER PAY AREA AND HAS LESS THAN 24 MONTHS OF ACTIVE DUTY
SERVICE.
5. THIS MESSAGE WILL EXPIRE WHEN THE POLICY IS PUBLISHED IN AR
635-200.
6. POINT OF CONTACT IS LTC THOMAS L. ERICKSON, EMAIL:
[email protected]

7. EXPIRATION DATE CANNOT BE DETERMINED.

 

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My son was separated under 635-200 para 5-17 in Feb. 2008. We are awaiting medical records, he had been seeing a doc. in Texas this year who told him that he qualifies for PTSD. I have been going trough his military records and have NOT found anything referring to extra scrutiny for his supposed, "personality disorder". Are these AR's mandatory? Can they be waived? I noticed that the memo is dated Feb. 2009, would these AR's be effective if we file with ADRB?
Thank You
 
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