• VOLUNTARY REQUEST FOR SEPARATION with less than 20 years AFS. :

Soldiers may leave the AGR Program for personal reasons e.g. to find other employment. Requests for Orders (RFO) requesting separation from AGR may be denied during periods of world crisis or mobilizations. NOTE: Separation from the AGR Program does not do away with statutory (law) or contractual obligations as an M-Day member of the Guard (See NGR 600-5). ARNG soldiers in AGR status may request early release from the program by submitting a written request through channels to the Adjutant General, Maine, ATTN: HRO-AGR office, at least 60 days in advance of requested separation date. Under no circumstances will the request itself constitute termination. If approved, appropriate orders will be issued by this Headquarters. Termination of AGR status does not affect the remaining MEARNG enlistment contract. The soldier will return to their unit of assignment for continued ARNG membership. Once separated from an AGR tour, a soldier is ineligible for another AGR tour for a period of one year. The requirement may be waived by NGB.


If found unfit, soldiers may be separated by a Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) for disability of 30% or greater and placed on the Temporary Disability Retired List (TDRL) or the Permanent Disability Retired List (PDBRL). This means an immediate annuity in the form of Disability Retired Pay. A PEB evaluation of less than 30% would mean a lump sum separation with no retirement. The date of separation is determined by the PEB. A Request for Orders (RFO) requesting discharge (From the Guard Only) must be submitted. The Total Army Personnel Agency (TAPA) will separate the AGR soldier as a Reservist of the Army and release him/her from AGR status. The MEARNG would process separation orders separating the soldier from the Maine Army National Guard ( See AR 635-40).


Involuntary separations include: Non-Selection by an Officer Selective Retention or Enlisted Qualitative Retention Board or Reduction in Force (RIF) or similar "downsizing" action. Board Non-Selection requires approval of the Adjutant General. All require subsequent written notification. Potential date of separation is included in the notification or is accompanied with instructions for TERA e.g. There are other administrative means of involuntary separation: Failure to Meet Weight Standards; repeated APFT Failure, etc.


IAW 600-5, may occur without board action for reasons listed below, regardless of expiration date of the current tour. See Chapter 6, NGR 600-5, for specific instructions.

    • Officers
    • At Mandatory Removal Date (MRD) .
    • Completion of 20 years of Active Federal Service (AFS), (AR 635-100).
    • Twice non-selection for promotion as not fully qualified on latest mandatory consideration or consideration by a reserve officer promotion board convened by HQDA.
    • Non-selection by the Qualitative Retention Board.
    • Enlisted
    • At age 60 (AR 135-180).
    • At Mandatory Retirement Date (total years Active Federal Service for current grade).
    • Officer and Enlisted
    • Failure to obtain, or loss of, required security clearance
    • Conviction by civilian or military authorities for offense that disqualifies the individual for retention. See NGR 635-100, NGR 600-100, NGR 600-101 or NGR 600-200.
    • Removal from Active Reserve status (i.e. transferred to inactive Ready Reserve or does not maintain ME ARNG membership).
    • Failure to successfully pass the Army Physical Fitness Test as prescribed.
    • Failure to maintain the Army weight standards.
    • Failure to meet MOS or AOC qualification standards.

AGR soldiers who fail to meet APFT standards (two consecutive record failures) or weight control program requirements must be processed for separation from military service, rather than just processed for release from active duty (REFRAD). Processing is accomplished under the provisions of NGR 600-200 and AR 135-178 for enlisted soldiers and NGR 635-100 and AR 135-175 for officers.


Reorganizations, realignments, and reductions in the Support Personnel Manpower Document (SPMD) may require the movement, displacement or RIF of our full-time military duty (AGR) soldiers. In most cases, reduction of spaces does not necessarily result in a separation from the full-time program. Management should make every effort to avoid a RIF by considering management-directed reassignments, reduction in grade, early release (retirement) of AGRís with over 20 years of Active Federal Service, and hiring restrictions.


(See AR 135-18 or NGR 600-5) FTS commanders at any level may initiate a recommendation for involuntary separation. The recommendation must be referred to the AGR soldier for rebuttal. The soldier then has 15 days to prepare and submit a rebuttal. The recommendation and rebuttal is forwarded through command channels to The Adjutant General for a final decision. Records of counseling and attempts to take corrective action must be attached to the request.


An AGR soldier who is involuntarily separated, who has served 6 or more years of continuous Active Federal Service immediately preceding their separation date, is entitled to separation pay IAW DOD Pay Manual. The DOD Pay Manual specifies entitlements and limitations to separation pay and computation of pay as follows:

  1. Full Separation Pay (Non-disability).

  2. Half Separation Pay (Non-disability).

  3. Computation of Active Service and Separation Pay.


Soldiers separated for APFT failure ARE NOT entitled to separation pay IAW the DOD Pay Manual. Soldiers separated for failure to meet weight standards ARE entitled to HALF separation pay IAW the DOD Pay Manual.


SUBSTANTIATION OF AGR SEPARATION:A DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) will be provided to each soldier released from AGR, who has served a minimum of 30 days.