Reclassification of Active Component (AC) Soldiers Failing to Complete Initial Entry Training (IET) or Advanced Individual Training (AIT)
A. AR 614-200 (Enlisted Assignments and Utilization Management), 26 Feb 09 (Rapid Action Revision (RAR) 002, 11 Oct 11).
B. AR 612-201 (Initial Entry/Prior-Service Trainee Support), 24 Feb 11 (RAR 001, 4 Aug 11).
C. AR 635-200 (Active Duty Enlisted Administrative Separations), 19 Dec 16.
D. TRADOC Regulation 350-6 (Enlisted Initial Entry Training Policies and Administration), 20 Mar 17.
E. DA PAM 611-21 (Military Occupational Classification and Structure), 22 Jan 07.
F. MILPER Message 16-008, 12 Jan 16, subject: Reclassification of Active Component (AC) Soldiers Failing to Complete Initial Entry Training (IET) or Advanced Individual Training (AIT).
G. HQDA EXORD 071-17, 092309Z Dec16, subject: Accessions Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT) Implementation.
H. HQDA EXORD 071-17 (FRAGO 1), 281824Z Dec 16, subject: Accessions Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT) Implementation.
1. This message rescinds MILPER Message 16-008 and will expire 31 December 2017.
2. This message announces procedures for the reclassification and retraining of AC Soldiers, to include prior-service trainees, who fail to complete IET/AIT, or Officer Candidate School (OCS)/Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS) Soldiers who are administratively released from training.
3. Soldiers who fail to complete IET/AIT and are pending administrative release from a course are required to be processed for a new military occupational specialty (MOS) in accordance with the needs of the Army. The Retention and Reclassification Branch, U.S. Army Human Resources Command (HRC), is the reclassification authority for the Army and manages the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) “TS” function to identify a priority MOS for all IET/AIT failures.
4. The procedures outlined in this message apply only to AC Soldiers who fail to meet academic course standards or MOS qualifications in accordance with DA PAM 611-21. In cases where entry-level Soldiers have failed training due to misconduct or disciplinary reasons, commanders should consider them for elimination under the provisions of chapter 11, AR 635-200, but separation should normally not occur until counseling and rehabilitation efforts have failed.
5. Responsibilities: For initial entry and in-service IET/AIT students, the Trainee/Student Processing Branches (TSPB) located on installations with Army service schools or training centers will take the following actions when a Soldier fails to complete IET/AIT and is released from training. The TSPB will not, under any circumstances, reclassify an AC Soldier without following the steps below.
a. For all MOS other than language training:
(1) Use the “TS” function in ATRRS to identify available MOS, verify eligibility/ qualifications and process the Soldier for new MOS training.
(2) The “TS” function in ATRRS must be used to make the Soldier’s reservation for available MOS courses. If no MOS options are displayed, contact the Retention and Reclassification Branch, HRC.
(3) If the Soldier’s OPAT information is unavailable, the TSPB is authorized to input the OPAT physical demands category using the TA function in ATRRS in accordance with HQDA EXORD 071-17 (FRAGO 1). The TSPB must input the OPAT physical demands category required for the current MOS training and may only reclassify a Soldier for a new MOS that has an equal or lower OPAT physical demands category.
(4) Once retraining is scheduled, the Soldier will be unavailable for assignment until training begins for the new MOS.
(5) If an exception to policy is warranted, the TSPB will contact Retention and Reclassification Branch at HRC. This is only for Soldiers who could not be retrained via the “TS” function and merit an exception (example: Soldier possesses a top secret clearance). Retention and Reclassification Branch will evaluate Soldier qualifications against Army priority training vacancies and schedule the Soldier in ATRRS for MOS training, if available.
(6) Commanders must initiate separations in accordance with AR 635-200, chapter 11 or 13 and TRADOC Regulation 350-6, paragraph 4-14 when Soldiers do not meet qualifications and prerequisites for a priority Army MOS and/or no training quotas are available for reclassification.
(7) Once Soldiers are scheduled for a new MOS in ATRRS, Soldiers will then be processed for movement to the next training location, if required.
(8) Soldiers will not be held at training centers more than 15 working days beyond the date released from training without prior approval from Retention and Reclassification Branch, HRC.
b. In-service MOS training (this does not include initial entry or prior-service): Career counselors are the field reclassification authority and will use the RETAIN system to process all in-service MOS training failures using the following steps:
(1) Establish procedures between the TSPB and Installation Retention Office on notification of AIT failures.
(2) In-service Soldiers will not be scheduled in ATRRS by the TSPB. They must be processed in RETAIN for a new MOS. The servicing career counselor will submit a request for a mandatory reclassification action to HRC via RETAIN. HRC will schedule the Soldier for a new MOS and provide a reclassification control number or direct the Soldier to be returned to their home station. Soldiers administratively released from OCS or WOCS training programs will follow the steps outlined in paragraph 5 above for IET Soldiers.
c. Soldiers academically dropped from language training:
(1) When initial entry and prior-service Soldiers are academically dropped from a language course or Soldier fails to meet the defense language proficiency test graduation standards (2/2/1+), notify HRC Military Intelligence (MI)/Language Branch at (502) 613-5423 or (502) 613-5416, for further arrangements.
(2) Initial entry and prior-service Soldiers who are academically dropped from the 35P AIT course will normally be reclassified into another language capable MOS or other shortage MI MOS by HRC MI/Language Branch. Trainees who are not identified for retraining in an MI MOS must reclassify into an MOS in accordance with the needs of the Army using the procedures in paragraph 5A above. Coordinate reclassification action through Mr. Anthony Hall at (502) 613-5416, DSN 983-5416, or via email at email@example.com.
(3) If a Soldier is selected for recycle or reclassification in language school, the Installation and Defense Language Institute Career Counselor must be notified to determine if the Soldier still meets service remaining requirements for training. If not, the Soldier must be extended prior to the scheduling of the new language training.
d. Soldiers dropped from Special Warfare Center (SWC):
(1) When initial entry and prior-service Soldiers are academically dropped from SWC or the Soldier fails to meet the 18X standards, contact Retention and Reclassification Branch, HRC to coordinate reclassification actions and make additional arrangements.
(2) When initial entry and prior-service Soldiers elect to withdraw from the 18X program while attending One Station Unit Training (OSUT), Soldiers are required to contact the Special Forces (SF) Liaison (LNO) to complete the withdrawal memorandum. The memorandum must be loaded in the interactive Personnel Electronic Records Management System (iPERMS) prior to sending a request to the Retention and Reclassification Branch, HRC to process for new MOS training. Soldiers will be scheduled for training in accordance with the needs of the Army; however, Retention and Reclassification Branch will make every attempt to utilize Soldiers based on the courses they have completed (i.e., airborne).
6. Points of contact:
a. Retention and Reclassification Branch, HRC at (502) 613-5948, (DSN) 983-5948 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
b. Mr. Anthony Hall, HRC Military Intelligence (MI)/Language Branch at (502) 613-5416, DSN 983-5416, or via email at email@example.com.