You signed up to serve, but now your command is trying to administratively separate you. You have a lot on the line. The benefits you earned, from the G.I. Bill to disability compensation, may all depend on the type of Army administrative separation (ADSEP) you receive. At Military Justice Guides, we have helped countless clients deal with a potential military separation, and we're here to help you understand the types and impacts of an Army ADSEP.
For enlisted members, Army administrative separations are governed by AR 635-200. The majority of Soldiers who are separated prior to the expiration of their term of service are separated under Chapter 9, Chapter 13, or Chapter 14 of that regulation. To explain further, a Soldier may be separated for:
The "type" of Army ADSEP will be reflected on your DD214 upon discharge. This is commonly referred to as your "Separation Code." Depending on the type of ADSEP you receive, you may be limited in your future plans. For instance, Soldiers separated for substance use disorder may be unable to re-enlist or serve in federal government positions.
The immediate impacts of an Army ADSEP are obvious -- you lose your paycheck, your active duty benefits, and your career as a Soldier. But the future impacts almost always depend on the "characterization" of your service. How your service is characterized is different than the type of ADSEP you receive. Upon discharge, your service may be characterized in the following manners:
The "characterization" of your service determines how the Department of Veterans Affairs will provide you benefits. Although every case is different, the following rules generally apply:
For more information about characterization of service and VA benefits, check out our FREE PAMPHLET - "Benefits by Discharge Characterization."
If you are facing an Army ADSEP, our guides and products can help. If you are interested, please feel free to read more on our website or purchase an Army ADSEP Response Template below:
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